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Operation Hydrate delivers water to Free State & North West communities

Residents have told Eyewitness News they haven't had water for nearly six months.

Residents in Winburg, Free State receive water from Operation Hydrate volunteers on 23 January 2016. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN.

SWARTRUGGENS - Hundreds of people from Swartruggens in the North West have come out of their homes to receive water.

Operation Hydrate trucks have delivered water to the drought stricken community.

The area has not had any water for over five months.

Residents in Swartruggens say they are relieved that they will at least have drinking water in their homes for today.

Hundreds of litres of bottled water have been distributed to the drought stricken community.

Mothers came with their children who helped them carry the water to their homes.

Residents here have told Eyewitness News they haven't had water for nearly six months.

They say they rely on tankers and non-profit organisations.

The NGO was formed by a group of community volunteers three weeks ago following urgent calls for water from people in severely drought-stricken areas.

Earlier today, Operation Hydrate said 450,000 litres of water would leave Johannesburg and Pretoria for areas in the Free State and North West today.

Yaseen Theba says just over 2,7 million litres of water has already been distributed since the launch of the humanitarian effort.

"We will exceed the three million [litre] mark this weekend, thanks to the may donors, sponsors, supporters and volunteers."

He says while the provision of water has brought much relief, the need is still massive.

"We urge the public to continue donating water and cash."

The NGO launched its website this week, which will feature regular updates of their water distribution efforts.

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