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#OperationHydrate: Some FS communities have resorted to drinking sewage water

Operation Hydrate is distributing water to communities devastated by the worst drought in over two decades.

As residents from Senekal in the Free State battle the worst drought in years, a humanitarian organisation has distributed more than a hundred thousand litres of water to the community. Picture: Operation Hydrate Initiative SA/Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - As the country battles the worst drought in over two decades, Operation Hydrate says some communities in the Free State have resorted to drinking sewerage water.

The NGO, together with Mango Airlines, Shoprite and Proudly South African, aims to distribute more than 1 million litres of drinking water to communities devastated by the dry spell.

Operation Hydrate says the situation on the ground is distressing as people and communities are desperate for drinking water.

Water being transported deep into the rural areas near Aliwal North. #OperationHydrate pic.twitter.com/YEx3mokoKC

@HydrateSA well done! ❤❤ we need to help our farmers, Pls how we can help? #OperationHydrate #HelpTheFamers pic.twitter.com/dNUxGEBc7V

To all #OperationHydrate volunteers: you're our ProudlySA heroes! We thank you! #humanity #Ubuntu #WaterIsLife pic.twitter.com/fI9NBlwqdV

Spokesperson Yaseen Theba says, "We're getting reports of people drinking sewage water. We had reports last week of a person that was stabbed because a fight broke out while people were collecting water."

While Mango Airlines has pledged over R500,000 towards the project and Shoprite also donating thousands of litres of water, Theba says more people need to get involved.

"We're appealing to the public to continue donating cash and water. Every donor and volunteer truly embodies the spirit of Proudly South Africa with Ubuntu being at the heart of our relief operations."

We appeal to the public to continue contributing in cash: Donations for water purchases : Operation Water ABSA 9314587739 #OperationHydrate

There have also been calls for national and provincial government to help communities who have little or no water.

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