Infrastructure maintenance essential to tackle water crisis - DA

2015-12-08 14:08

Parliament - The maintenance of water infrastructure was again in the spotlight on Tuesday when the Democratic Alliance presented the outcome of their oversight visits to various municipalities.

The party visited 50 municipalities in the North West, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape.

Members of Parliament Phumzile Van Damme, Leon Basson and Tarnia Baker stressed the importance of properly managing scarce water resources.

"This is vital not only for human consumption, but for food security," Van Damme said.

The party slammed the African National Congress for what they termed "mismanagement of the infrastructure", while lauding the Western Cape for being "great examples" of how water treatment should be managed.

One of the solutions, the DA said, would be to maintain a pool of engineers that could be deployed to municipalities where needed to maintain the water infrastructure.

The party said the Department of Water and Sanitation should prioritise legislation to amend the National Water Act to allow the Minister to withdraw a water use license from a municipality if certain minimum standards and requirements were not met.

During their oversight visits, they found untreated sewage flowing into rivers and dams and dysfunctional water treatment plants, they claimed. 

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