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Water matters top agenda at Parliament committee meeting

The Department of Water Affairs says it's looking at prioritising socio-economic equity and the re-allocation of water.

Picture: @ProudlySA.

CAPE TOWN – The Water Affairs Department says it’s looking at ways to expedite the process of improving water distribution.

Several departments are engaging with the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation to discuss the rights of land owners living near dams and rivers.

Water Affairs’ deputy director general of regulation Marius Keet says the department is looking at prioritising socio-economic equity and the re-allocation of water.

“We are trying to give water to people who don’t have water. We can’t allow farmers to continue irrigating, when there are communities next door that don’t have water for potable use.”

Yesterday, the City of Cape Town announced level-three water restrictions in a bid to regulate water usage.

While in Gauteng a joint operations centre, made up of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Rand Water and other stakeholders, has been set up to address the looming water crisis in the province.