The water infrastructure project that is ongoing in the nation will not be stopped despite the low water storage level facing the country.
Department of Water and Sanitation spokesman Sputnik Ratau made the statement while speaking with the media.
Ratau also said “The country as a whole has not fully recovered from the 2014 drought, with dam levels dropping drastically in most parts of the country. The heatwave we experienced this week has also exacerbated the situation.”
He further noted that they have recent launched the District Development Model by Premier Sihle Zikalala, which is aimed at improving water service delivery in Umkhanyakude District Municipality.
Meanwhile, The Shemula Bulk Water Supply Scheme has come under increasing pressure due to excessive water losses and increased demand due to an increase in the population. The scheme is currently undergoing a major upgrade to become a regional supply scheme.
Ratau also said he understands the challenges residents endure and has urged local municipalities to be more responsive to the plight of the people.
So far, the provincial water storage continues to decline week-on-week, from 52.7% last week to 52.1% this week.
Source: SA News