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Some Free State residents queue from 3am for water

The area has not had running water since last month, which is having a devastating effect on the community.

Picture: freeimages.com.
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JOHANNESBURG - The municipality of Senekal in the Free State has joined others in confirming that it has a serious water shortage.

The area has not had running water since last month, which is having a devastating effect on the community.

As the country experiences the worst drought in 25 years, it’s emerged residents from Senekal are queuing from 3am every morning for water supplied by the municipality.

Municipal manager Sugar Ramakarane says the situation is not unique to the area.  

“The average rainfall that we’ve had in the past two years and the high temperatures have exacerbated evaporations.”

He says because of the lack of rainfall they are relying on other sources to supply water to residents.

“We are buying water from local farmers. We are also providing water from our own borehole.”

Ramakarane says the municipality is providing about 260,000 litres of water a day to residents, but even this is not enough. 

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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