- Brown water is flowing from the taps in the Free State town of Parys
- The Vaal Action Group linked to problem to the Vaal Dam
- Angry residents are unable to drink the water or even wash their clothing in it
What can you use your tap water for when it is brown in colour and has an odour?
This is the question residents of Parys are asking themselves as the water pours dirty from their taps.
According to Selma Kok from the Vaal Action Group, the problem is linked to the dam.
Kok painted a gloomy picture: “Our water is brown. This means we can’t do much with it, people are basically without water."
TimesLIVE reported that the dam levels are consistently low, which presents a challenge in terms of draining.
Helpless residents are frustrated with the situation and say they're forced to drink the water, even though it presents a health hazard.
Nomakhaza Moloi, who resides in the area, explained that communities do not lead normal lives as a result of the situation.
Moloi said, “There are red worms coming out of the water and it stinks like sewage. We can’t cook with it or drink it."
Andries Vrey, who serves as a councillor in the Ngwathe local municipality, admitted that inefficient maintenance has caused the infrastructure to deteriorate.
Vrey said, "Many years of poor maintenance and neglect have resulted in an extremely bad network."
Briefly.co.za understands that the water loss rate is estimated to be as high as 40%.
The cash-strapped municipality also faces huge financial issues, with debt reported to be in the region of R2 billion.
Spokesperson Steve Naale remains surprisingly upbeat about the situation and feels that the situation has improved drastically.
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