Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
About 700 families in Lemondokop village in Sekgosese have been without water for the past three weeks, but the municipal manager says they are not aware of this.
The affected area is near Modjadjiskloof.
Residents said the problem started after a borehole broke shortly before Christmas. They said despite having reported the matter to the Greater Letaba Municipality, nothing had been done.
Community spokesperson Thomas Mahasha said residents were buying water from people who own boreholes at R2 for 20 litres.
Mahasha said some poor families, who have no money, have been forced to get water from rivers though they feared they would be infected with water-borne diseases.
"Our wives spend nights near dangerous rivers trying to get water," Mahasha said.
There are fears that the women might be attacked or raped, he said.
The residents also feared the situation might affect schooling because most pupils would be absent from schools while helping their parents to fetch water.
Isaiah Mutshinyali, the municipal manager, said they were not aware of the situation, but would investigate. He said the problem would be given urgent attention.
Mutshinyali urged people to remain calm and said water would be supplied until the problem is solved.