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'Govt handled water crisis well'

Cooperative Governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo says govt has the capacity to deal with another technical glitch.

FILE: There have been several lengthy water interruptions in parts of Gauteng for the past three weeks. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is adamant government has the capacity to deal with another technical glitch in Gauteng's water supply if necessary.

There have been several lengthy water interruptions in parts of the province for the past three weeks.

Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Jacob Mamabolo says the taps are now on and he feels government has handled the problem well.

Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says water has now been restored.

Affected areas in the province included Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and parts of Pretoria.

Rand Water has largely pointed fingers at Eskom and a major technical glitch sparking concerns from scores of South African residents that government cannot handle a crisis on this scale.

But Mamabolo disagrees.

"What we can confirm is that if there was to be another glitch, government's capacity to deal with the matter efficiently and effectively has been demonstrated."

The MEC says the call centre has worked well and says the fact that complaints have dwindled means the problem has clearly been resolved.

Meanwhile, Rand Water has again urged the public to use water sparingly in order to allow reservoirs to fill and water pressure to return to normal.