The Department of Human Settlements,Water and Sanitation says it cannot guarantee the security of water supply to the public, if municipalities continue to default on payments to their water boards.
South Africa has imposed emergency measures, including rationing, to save dwindling water supplies after an abnormally hot, dry summer coupled with below average rainfall and a spike in usage pushes the country towards a crippling shortage.
Zimbabwe’s capital shut its main water works on Monday citing shortages of foreign currency to import treatment chemicals, the deputy mayor said, potentially leaving the city dry and raising the risk of water borne diseases like cholera.
Munsterlos residents in Limpopo are appealing to local authorities to fix on-going water and sanitation problems in their area.
The City of Cape Town’s Water Sanitation and Informal Settlements Department is currently cleaning up the Sewende Laan informal settlement in Valhalla Park, where a fire on Tuesday gutted more than 100 informal structures.