During her state of the province address, Premier Thandi Modise highlighted the efforts and achievements of the provincial government in the North West in providing water to its residents.

At present 920 000 households in the province have access to basic water, with the province aiming to have 100% of all households having access to water. The province experienced water shortage problems last year and during the beginning of this year due to an ageing water infrastructure. Because of this, the province has liaised with both Botshelo Water and Magalies Water and all the municipalities involved so that this problem can be resolved. The upgrading of water treatment works is also under discussion.

In terms of sanitation, 914 000 households have access. Approximately 61% of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant has been spent and this was mainly directed in eradicating service delivery backlogs. The eradication of all pre-1994 bucket toilets in all municipalities will be achieved during the remainder of the term; however the eradication of post 1994 bucket toilets will be achieved with some difficulty due to the mushrooming of new informal settlements. But the province is committed to eradicating the bucket systems.

At present, the province supplies basic free water to 90% of households, with 35% having access to free basic electricity.

During her state of the province address, Premier Thandi Modise highlighted the efforts and achievements of the provincial government in the North West in providing water to its residents.