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Water sanitation crisis tackled

The DA concluded a series of oversight visits to local municipalities around some parts of the country.

The party has conducted a series of oversight visits to local municipalities around some parts of the country. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance is set to announce steps to address the national water sanitation crisis today.

This may include the possibility of laying charges against municipal managers who have failed to adequately tackle the problem.

Party members have conducted a series of oversight visits to local municipalities in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West province.

The DA's Yaseen Carilse says action must be taken and more needs to be done from the government point of view.

"We need to do more as the government. We need to intervene with regard to this situation on the ground because water is life and with regard to sewage system spilling into rivers."

Meanwhile, the Knysna Municipality is urging residents to use water sparingly as parts of the town is experiencing water shortages

The municipality says this is due to low rainfall experienced during the winter season.

Sedgefield is one of the areas most affected.

The municipality's Mike Rhode given the shortage, it has become critical to meet up with the demand.

"Especially in the search field area, the demand for water is a bit high at the moment. So it has become critical to run with the demand."