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DWS to review free water provision policy

The Department of Water and Sanitation says the review aims to provide government with a better understanding of the policy.

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CAPE TOWN - The Department of Water and Sanitation is to review various definitions contained in the free water provision policy.

The department's Sputnik Ratau says the review aims to provide government with a better understanding of the policy in order to assist municipalities in its delivery of the service.

According to the policy, local government should provide each indigent household with six kilolitres of water per month or 25 litres per person per day for free.

Ratau says the review will look at the definitions of some of the key points contained in the policy.

“What are the prescripts? What defines indigency? What processes do people need to follow in order to be registered as indigent and what are the responsibilities of government towards the indigent in the delivery of these basic services.”

The department's Deputy Director-General for Policy and Research Anil Singh also discussed the matter during a Portfolio Committee meeting at Parliament on Tuesday.

He says the amount of free water which should be provided will also be scrutinised, as well as what constitutes as a household.

“Households differ, they could have four or 20 people, so therein we saw the need to review and revise that policy and bring it back to Cabinet. “

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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