Govt to deal with water crisis

Government says it is taking action to make sure "no citizen is left without water".

Government says it is taking action to make sure "no citizen is left without water". Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Government says it has the short-term interventions and long-term plans to deal a 'final blow' to water problems around South Africa.

In a strongly-worded statement released on Wednesday night water shortages were described as a 'scourge'.

A man stands by a water pipe which many Protea South residents in Soweto use to get their water. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

On Monday, Eyewitness News revealed the findings of its special investigation into the state of water delivery around the country.

Government says it's taking action to make sure 'no citizen is left without water'.

It says technical teams have been deployed to problem areas while long-term infrastructure programmes are being rolled out.

Government is also calling on South Africans to use water sparingly and not to contribute to the pollution problem.

Following the Eyewitness News investigation the Public Protector is now being asked to conduct an audit of the country's water infrastructure and delivery.

The investigation canvassed communities living with little or no water and explored the consequences, casting a spotlight on the business of selling clean water to poor communities.

Meanwhile, calls have emerged for the Constitution to be amended to allow national government to take more control of managing South Africa's water supply and distribution.