CAPE TOWN – Beaufort West municipality needs more than R20 million to explore additional underground water resources.
Humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers has lent a hand in helping the municipality source water.
#BeaufortWestWater The Great Karoo Town is currently relying on 35 boreholes and a reclamation plant for drinking water @BrandtKev pic.twitter.com/rP4trIx2sn
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But officials have warned the water crisis is far from over.
Five underground water resources near the Gamka Dam are being tapped to supply the town.
Every day 500,000 litres are pumped into the town’s reservoir.
This brings some relief to the town after two boreholes dried up last week.
Mayor Jacob van der Linde says the exploration of other acquirers will provide more water security to Beaufort West.
“We must get the money to get the five boreholes south of Beaufort West a pipeline which must be built. The cost of that is R23 million.”
Van der Linde says the water crisis is the worst he’s experienced in his 62 years in the town.
The avid farmer says he has lost many animals as a result of the drought.
“Last week, I lost five animals.”
Experts say underground resources are the way to go to mitigate the effects of the drought.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)