The town where children fight for a drink of water from a drain

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The town where children fight for a drink of water from a drain

Graaff-Reinet is in crisis as its dam has dried up and poor borehole maintenance forces its people to rely on tankers

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Severe drought and poor infrastructure have brought one of the oldest towns in SA to its knees. 

After an almost four-year drought in Graaff-Reinet the Nqweba Dam has run dry, forcing the population of about 38,000 to rely completely on old boreholes for water.

But environmental groups say the water is not accessible to everyone in the town, and allege that some people have been forced to get water from a nearby drain as a result...

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