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Fish wash up as water heats up

National water week kicks off, as water problems in municipalities across the country continue.

National water week kicks off, as water problems in municipalities across the country continue.

MILNERTON - Water tests are being conducted after five tons of fish washed up in Milnerton.

The mullets were discovered between the Lagoon Beach river mouth and the Milnerton Lighthouse at the weekend. It is unclear what caused the fish to die.

The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said: "It could be algae blue that can result in the fish trying to get air and they come up to the surface."

Solomons-Johannes said it could also be as a result of current heat wave conditions.

WATER WEEK KICKS OFF

Meanwhile, the Water Affairs department has appealed to South Africans to preserve water at the start of national water week.

The department's Mava Scott said several municipalities were experiencing water quality concerns as well as water shortages.

Municipalities in the Free State, Mpumalanga and the North West province have been named as part of those which were experiencing the water problems.

Scott said the department would work closely with the municipal officials to address the concerns.

"The department has got a number of plans to help the municipalities in fixing these problems."

HEAT A POSSIBLE CAUSE FOR CONCERN

Scott also said the causes of the water problems vary, from inadequate infrastructure to the recent increase in the number of hot days.

The hot temperature has led to water in some reservoirs drying up and this has affected water availability and supply.

The theme of the 2013 water week is "Water is life, respect it, conserve it, enjoy it."

It seeks to emphasise the role of water as central to all forms of life.