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N Cape towns without water for entire week

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Residents in Phillipstown intended to march to Renosterberg Municipality next week to demand proper services.

Picture: Cindy Waxa

PHILLIPSTOWN has been without water for the entire week, where residents stated that they had not received any explanation or reasons for the water cuts.

Residents said that they had to travel to De Aar to buy bottled water.

“There was no communication from the municipality to explain why the taps have run dry, in this heat, although we are still expected to pay our rates and taxes. Our animals and plants are dying. Other than the staff that collects the money for water and lights at the municipal office in Phillipstown, the rest of the building is empty and the phone line is out of order.”

DA Member of Parliament Dr Allen Grootboom stated that all schools in Petrusville and Phillipstown had been closed since Wednesday after the reservoir ran dry.

“The schools will only be able to reopen next week,” said Grootboom. He added that residents in Phillipstown intended to march to Renosterberg Municipality next week to demand proper services.

“It is poor planning to allow the reservoir to run dry, because there is not a shortage of water. The reservoir has been running low since Christmas.”

A Petrusville resident said that they were also experiencing nightly water cuts as well as very low water pressure, while the water supply in the townships are cut completely at night. “No one informed us if this is due to water shortages or drought.”

Both the Department of Education and Renosterberg Municipality could not be reached for comment.