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KZN govt assures residents of water relief strategies

Cooperative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube says the department will soon receive disaster relief funds.

FILE:  Several rivers have already run dry leaving those in small towns worst hit. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As KwaZulu-Natal faces a crippling drought the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department says plans are underway to implement relief strategies.

Several rivers have already run dry leaving those in small towns worst hit.

MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube says the department will soon receive disaster relief funds.

"We've got to get more trucks to take water and store it for people so everyone has access to water."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance is demanding to know how the Water and Sanitation Department spent a previous relief fund of over R300 million.

The party's Leon Basson claims there has been insufficient planning.

"It was revealed only R8 million [spent] on the drought. The relief fund has been spent while there was R352 million allocated for the drought relief fund."

WATER SAVING TIPS:

• Reading your water meter to make yourself aware of your monthly water usage.

• Conducting a water audit to determine where you use the most water.

• Fitting water-efficient taps, shower fixtures and dual flush toilet systems in your home.

• Watering your garden through a drip irrigation system and not a sprinkler.

• Installing a greywater system in your home and recycle greywater from your bathroom in your garden.

• Washing your car on a grassed area and not in the driveway.

• Not pouring toxic liquids into your storm water or sewer drains

• Getting involved a local conservation group, such as a Wessa Friends Group, to protect and keep your local river or wetland pollution free