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Tap water alert

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 19 April 2010

The Blue Drop 2010 report released at the Water Institute of South Africa conference in Durban warned that the Department of Water Affairs had no confidence in the drinking water supply and management in the Oudtshoorn Local Municipality and Central Karoo District Municipality in Western Cape; Ikwezi Local Municipality and Kou-Kamma Local Municipality in Western Cape; Thaba Chweu Local Municipality in Mpumalanga; and Renosterberg Local Municipality in Northern Cape.

The report said incomplete drinking water quality records, poor management and recurring microbiological failures, left the department with no other choice but to warn residents and visitors of unsafe tap water in those municipalities.

The alert will not be lifted until the six municipalities can prove that its drinking water is safe and that its management has compiled with the Blue Drop requirements.

The country’s top performing drinking water quality management is the City of Joburg, which scored 98,4 percent closely following by the City of Cape Town with a 98.2 percent.

Smaller municipalities such as Bitou, Kgatelopele, George and Dr J S Moroka Local Municipality also made the top ten, all scoring over 95 percent.

Ekurhuleni Metro, City of Tshwane and eThekwini Municipality also rated in the top ten.

Municipalities are evaluated on their management plans, regular data collection and submissions and drinking water compliance with the South African National Standard (SANS).

The report found that 13 percent of 787 water systems that were assessed rated excellent while 24 percent needed urgent attention.

“Through the Blue Drop Certification process, progressive transformation from good to excellent has been stimulated while not neglecting the areas where unacceptable practices have been identified,” Department of Water Affairs deputy minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said ahead of the Blue Drop Awards ceremony last night.

Only the top ten municipalities will receive the prestigious Blue Drop status.

Source: Times Live

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