Organisation warns that Makhanda needs R30m to avoid water disaster

Organisation warns that Makhanda needs R30m to avoid water disaster

The Gift of the Givers has said that R30 million is needed to avert a water disaster in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown).

The group called for donations to the town following Makhanda's worsening water shortage.

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This comes after the region's Glen Melville Dam falling to below usable water levels last month, which left the eastern side of the town without water for a week.

This is the latest in a serious of chronic water shortages in the region over the last several years.

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Government has announced a plan to address the water shortages by drawing more water from a nearby water treatment plant, but has said that this will cost R140 million and take up to two years to complete, according to the City Press.

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Additionally, in an official statement, Rhodes University warned that if Makhanda's water shortage reached crisis levels, the institution may have to shut its doors.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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