Water crisis in at least 26 Free State towns
At least 26 towns in the Free State currently have no water at all in certain areas, water supply disruptions, or extremely unhygienic water coming from their taps, a survey by DA public representatives has found.
Water problems in these towns are mainly being caused through water treatment plants and pipes that are dilapidated while some dams are completely dry.
The DA sent a formal demand to Corporate governance MEC Olly Mlamleli urging her to come up with a concrete action plan to solve this crisis with immediate effect.
In the DA's survey, local public representatives across the Free State were asked about the current water supply status in their towns. The towns identified as currently experiencing a water crisis are:
Jacobsdal, Fauresmith, Trompsburg, Bethulie, Smithfield, Zastron, Wepener, Dewetsdorp, Dealesville, Brandfort, Theunissen, Winburg, Soutpan, Tweespruit, Marquard, Clocolan, Steynsrus, Fouriesburg, Memel, Warden, Petrus Steyn, Lindley, Parys, Koppies, Vredefort and Oranjeville.