WC govt seeks additional R23m for Beaufort West boreholes

The Gamka Dam has run dry but more than 80% of the town's water supply comes from boreholes.

Beaufort West. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape local government department is in talks with national government to source additional funding of about R23 million.

This cash injection is needed for five additional boreholes in the Central Karoo Town of Beaufort West.

The Gamka Dam has run dry but more than 80% of the town's water supply comes from boreholes.

The Department's James-Brent Styan says that officials are still in discussions with the National Disaster Management Centre and the Department of Cooperative Governance.

“The town currently relies on 32 boreholes as well as the water reticulation plant which provides additional water to the town. Given the immediate water crisis in Beaufort West, we are monitoring the situation on a day-to-day basis.”

Meanwhile, the Gift of the Givers is also assisting Beaufort West as it battles a water crisis.

The organisation has embarked on a R6 million intervention plan in the town.