South Africa to spend US$130mn in upgrading water infrastructure

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The Department of Water and Sanitation in South Africa has allocated US$0.13bn for the upgrading of ramshackle water infrastructure across South Africa for the year 2014-2015.

Another US $17.93m will be spent for Dam Safety Rehabilitation Project, and this will see 81 dams in the country are rehabilitated.

According to a response of the Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane to the Economic Freedom Fighters MP Mkoti Khawula, the Government of South Africa had the target of providing 90 percent of water services by 2019.

Mokonyane noted that the master plan for the basic water services backlog had captured all areas that were currently experiencing water shortages and backlogs.

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) was working with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs so as to address the water issue.

27 municipalities in the country were currently undergoing a supply situation assessment, with the first order of assessment being ready. This would help in creation of master plans for each municipality so that areas that have not been reached can be identified.

There were also support programmes in place to address planning, implementation and management. In addition to these projects, the country was planning on a number of bulk water projects including Makhado bulk water project and Northern Aqueduct water project.