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Swartruggens residents lose faith in ever having running water

Swartruggens resident say they’ve lost hope that they will ever have water after six months of no supply.

Residents of Steynsrus, Free State queue to collect water from the Operation Hydrate team on 23 January 2016. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Swartruggens in the North West say they have lost hope that they will ever have water after nearly six months of no supply.

Hundreds of community members received bottled water from Operation Hydrate earlier today.

The humanitarian organisation aims to assist those that have been hardest hit by the recent drought in several of the country's provinces.

A mother sits on the pavement with her children after collecting water from the Operation Hydrate team in Steynsrus, Free State on 23 January 2016. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN.

Swartruggens relies on water tankers which are dispatched to the community at least once a day and NGOs for supply.

Some locals say living without water is unbearable.

"This thing is affecting us, water is life," one resident said.

"The last time I saw myself at a tap was six months ago," another resident said.

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