Diepsloot water contaminated

By Drum Digital
17 April 2012

Water in the majority of Diepsloot was shown to be contaminated following the results of a third water test, the City of Johannesburg said on Tuesday.

"The only area which is safe at this point is Diepsloot West. The Diepsloot West pumps will therefore be opened for normal use later tonight [Tuesday]," said spokeswoman Millicent Kabwe in a statement.

Water tankers and task teams were to be deployed throughout Diepsloot with priority given to the elderly, children and the disabled.

Kabwe said officials were working to restore drinkable water to the rest of Diepsloot as soon as possible.

Residents were notified by the city on Friday to not drink the tap water.

Two previous tests were conducted on the water in the area, with the third test conducted on Monday.

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