AfriForum to test the quality of water in Ugu Municipality

2014-02-13 00:00

AFRIFORUM yesterday collected water samples from four points in the Pennington and Scottburgh areas as part of the organisation’s blue and green drop project.

AfriForum’s provincial community co-ordinator Chris Fourie said the water samples would be tested by today.

Fourie collected the samples from the Umdoni Christian School, the Mzinto River in Pennington, the G.J. Crookes District Hospital and the Mpambanyoni River in Scottburgh.

The area is managed by the Ugu District Municipality.

Fourie said they had decided to start their project in this area because the auditor-general (A-G) could not even audit the municipality last year.

He said if the Ugu District Municipality’s finances were in such a bad state, AfriForum wanted to see how their management had affected the drinking water in the area.

Fourie said they would inform the municipality if the rivers contain high levels of E. coli. They will also test the water for minerals.

AfriForum’s head of environmental affairs Julius Kleynhans said the water monitoring project had started last year.

“The municipalities conduct their own water testing, but the results are not always publicised,” Kleynhans said.

“We decided to test the water ourselves to focus on the quality of the water that reaches the end user and inform them of the condition of their water resources,” said Kleynhans.

Spokesperson for Ugu, Sipho Khuzwayo, said the municipality had their own internal processes to test water and would not have anything to do with AfriForum’s tests. Khuzwayo said Ugu had achieved blue drop status in the 2010 tests.

More recently, in 2012, the Blue Drop status report by Water Affairs gave Ugu District Municipality 92,55% for the quality of its drinking water.

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