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Salty sea water seeps into KZN water supply

The KZN government says some areas have as little as 120 days’ worth of water left.

That province together with the Free State has already been declared a disaster area. Picture: Free Images.

CAPE TOWN - As South Africa continues to battle a crippling drought, the KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance Department says it has dispatched a team to fix pipes which are causing salty sea water to seep into normal supply.

The department says some areas in KwaZulu-Natal have as little as 120 days' worth of water left.

That province together with the Free State has already been declared a disaster area.

The Water and Sanitation Department has allocated more than R300 million towards intervention strategies including sending water tankers to some of the worst affected areas.

The department's Lennox Mabaso said, "There are areas in the South Coast where salty water was coming out of taps. The MEC dispatched teams to investigate because we suspect the ocean's water infiltrated into the rivers."