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The department of water & sanitation has outlined a series of measures to deal with municipalities’ mounting debt to the country’s nine water boards that has crippled their ability to improve the country’s ageing and ailing water infrastructure.

As at the end of March, municipalities owed the nine water boards R14bn, R9.7bn of which is 120 days overdue or more. Sedibeng Water Board alone, which services the Northern Cape, Free State and North West, is owed R5.6bn...

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