Kudus for Pietermaritzburg’s drinking water

2016-01-27 06:00
PHOTO: ian carbutt   Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela and the municipality process manager for water and sanitation, Brenden Sivpersad, were ecstatic after the city was awarded its Blue Drop status recently.

PHOTO: ian carbutt Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela and the municipality process manager for water and sanitation, Brenden Sivpersad, were ecstatic after the city was awarded its Blue Drop status recently.

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THE water coming out of taps in Pietermaritzburg is tops.

The city is celebrating following its Blue Drop status award, which ranks Msunduzi’s water among the best in the country.

Msunduzi Municipality received Blue Drop status for the third consecutive year and was awarded Platinum status this year.

The Blue Drop assessment, launched by the Department of Water Affairs in 2008, not only looks at the quality of drinking water, but the entire water provision cycle.

“This achievement is only possible through the cohesion and dedication of officials in the water department, environmental health section, management, political leadership and our bulk suppliers Umgeni Water,” said acting Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda.

The Blue Drop status is an award of excellence only awarded to municipalities who score higher than 95%. Msunduzi was independently scored at 97,97% by assessors from the Department of Water and Sanitation.

“It is clearly evident from that score that Msunduzi Municipality is not mediocre or average in relation to drinking water quality and management, but we are [rated as] excellent as independently assessed,” added Madonda.

She said it was good to know that the quality of water was not compromised in the municipality’s pursuit to ensure that citizens have an adequate supply of this “scarce and basic need”.

“In delivering quantity, we are ensuring quality is maintained,” she said.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela said the municipality was “ extremely excited” at the Blue Drop award.

“We are very proud of the team from water and sanitation. This proves that the municipality is doing everything possible to provide clean water,” he said, urging city residents, business owners and city visitors to conserve drinking water.

He reiterated that saving water was still of paramount importance.

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness added her congratulations to the city.

“We want to extend our congratulations, and in particular, Brenden Sivpersad and his team. We are very proud of the city and its quality of water. Water is an extremely precious resource and we rely heavily on protecting it,” she said.

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