Water Crisis: Residents Queue For Hours As Dams Dry Up In Eastern Cape Municipality

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All dams supplying Butterworth and surrounding areas in the Eastern Cape are dry, GroundUp reports.

Amathole District Municipality spokesperson Nonceba Madikizela-Vuso said 33 boreholes have now been drilled in Butterworth. Eight of these are equipped and operational, four are dry, four have water, but it is not fit for human consumption, and 17 are currently being tested.

Residents, who live next to boreholes sunk at Butterworth Hospital and Butterworth High School, said the boreholes stopped working on Tuesday.

In October, the municipality announced that it needed R944m to fight drought in the district.

The Butterworth water crisis has been long in the making. In December 2015, the Mnquma Local Municipality was declared a drought disaster area by then-Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle.

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