‘Drought is not over yet’

The Bloemhoek Dam in Kroonstad was at 1 % and nearly completely depleted at some stage in 2016. File photo: Moeketsi Mogotsi.

South Africa is still in a drought despite the copious amounts of rainfall the country has seen over the summer. This is according to the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Department spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, says there are areas in the Free State that are still feeling the effects of the drought.

He says the province is one of the most severely drought-stricken provinces and there are various reasons why certain municipalities have also struggled to supply water to their communities over the past two years.


“We need to look at the issue of water conservation and water demand management, married to the issues of operations and maintenance of the infrastructure that is in place now. But we also need to look at whether there needs to be a replacement or a refurbishment of some of this infrastructure in order to take us into the future.”

Ratau told Courant News that the Department of Water and Sanitation will establish a small technical task team in order to provide solutions to the Free State water crisis.

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