Gauteng and NW Province

Tap water in northwest is ‘safe’

Tests by Johannesburg Water have found that tap water in the city’s north western suburbs is safe to drink. This assurance comes after the utility issued a warning earlier in the day.

Joburg WaterTAP water in Joburg’s northwestern suburbs of Northcliff, Fairland, Cresta, Linden, Blairgowrie, and surrounding areas “is now safe to consume without boiling”.

Joburg Water had earlier today warned residents in those suburbs not to drink tap water without taking necessary precautions to purify it, because its quality was “compromised”.

“During our routine testing programme the early warning system detected a possible compromise of the quality of the drinking water in [those] areas,” said Baldwin Matsimela, the utility’s manager for communications and marketing.

However, additional tests were later conducted as promised. “Joburg Water can now confirm that the water being supplied is safe for consumption and use, and complies fully with the drinking water SANS 241 Drinking Water Quality.”

Joburg Water is the municipal-owned entity responsible for water and sanitation services in the city. It undertakes frequent maintenance of its water systems to keep track of its capacity; this also allows it to ensure that the quality of water that passes through its network meets the drinking water standard.

“It is through this robust water quality programme that Joburg Water can detect any possible contamination and take necessary actions if required to eliminate any negative impact on consumers,” said Gerald Dumas, the utility’s managing director.

Joburg Water has also put in place large scale plans and a chunk of money to upgrade and rehabilitate outdated municipal water infrastructure and sewer networks, and refurbish wastewater treatment works. “[It] continues to supply the City and its customers with fresh, clean and healthy drinking water each day,” Matsimela said.

According to the Drinking Water Quality Framework of South Africa, an initiative of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, the quality of the country’s water is faced with challenges and requires continual assessment. Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right and is essential to people’s health.

“Improving access to safe drinking water can thus result in tangible benefits to public health and every effort should be made to achieve a drinking water quality that complies with national safety standards,” reads the framework.

“Public safety is our main concern and it is our responsibility as a service provider to ensure that our customers are protected at all times. Joburg Water is well poised to meet the challenges of this growing city and, together with the City of Johannesburg, remains committed to improving the level of water and sanitation service across the city,” Dumas said.

He promised that the utility would ensure compliance to quality standards in the shortest time possible.

It is also the utility’s responsibility to ensure that wastewater generated daily is treated to the high standards demanded by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and in line with global best practices.


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