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DA calls for inquiry into ‘national water crisis’

The party has presented the findings of its investigation into the quality of water in four provinces.

FILE: The DA wants an inter-ministerial task team to address what it calls a ‘national water crisis’. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants an inter-ministerial task team to address what it calls a 'national water crisis'.

The DA today presented the findings of its investigation into the quality of water in four provinces.

Kevin Mileham, DA Shadow Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, says the party's investigation into water quality and supply took them to Limpopo, the North West, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape over the past four months.

In Brits in the North West, the DA investigation found tap water had e.coli content 320 times more than is fit for a waste water treatment plant.

The probe also revealed water in Mokopane in Limpopo contains 40 times more e.coli than is fit for human consumption.

Other problems discovered include a burst sewage pipe spilling raw sewage into water supply in Thabazimbi in Limpopo and aging water supply infrastructure in Makana in the Eastern Cape.

The DA claims four hospitals in Nelson Mandela Bay also tested positive for e.coli.

Earlier this year, an Eyewitness News investigation spanning all nine provinces revealed the extent of South Africa's water emergency and the growing pressure on government to deal with it.

Canvassing communities across the country exposed claims of corruption, pollution and fortunes being made by those selling water or taking over the duties of municipalities.

EWN's investigation also explored historic problems, migration patterns, infrastructure and planning, the role of industry and threats of further protests by frustrated communities.

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