QwaQwa water crisis: 5 000 water tankers to be dispatched to the town

2020-01-24 12:53
Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu (Photo: Department of Water and Sanitation via Twitter)

Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu (Photo: Department of Water and Sanitation via Twitter)

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Five thousand water tankers will be supplied to QwaQwa in the Free State to provide immediate relief to the water shortage affecting the town, according to Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu.

After a recent spate of water-related protests, Sisulu visited the area on Thursday.

"We fully agree that it has taken so long for the issues related to water challenges to be addressed in this area," Sisulu said in a statement.

The minister promised that 5 000 water tankers would be dispatched to the area within the next week.

"That will also assist in addressing the water-harvesting challenge. This is aimed at ensuring that all households have water tankers," Sisulu said.

Sisulu also said R220m would be ringfenced to address issues related to the water crisis, in addition to the R280m allocated to Sedibeng Water.

"We have further agreed that we will equip all boreholes with immediate effect to provide water relief to the communities."

"We will also explore the technology to look at various aspects that will address water challenges in the province. Sedibeng will also look on residents who have necessary skills and or technology to come forward and will assess them."

A hotline will be established to deal with immediate challenges and a steering committee will be put together to monitor and execute relief plans.

As for the long term, Sisulu said a pipeline was under consideration, which would cost R2.1bn. Sedibeng Water has been asked to do a feasibility study to ensure the realisation of this.

Sisulu said she would visit the area again in six weeks to assess the progress made.

- Compiled by Alex Mitchley

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