Project to test quality of towns’ drinking water

2017-04-13 06:02

Every South African citizen has a right to clean drinking water.

The civil rights organisation AfriForum has launched a national project which they call its Blue and Green Drop Project, focusing on the efficacy of drinking water and sewerage plants in towns across South Africa.

“The Blue Drop Project tests the quality of your town’s drinking water and the Green Drop Project tests the quality of the sewage water in your town,” said Julius Kleynhans, Head of Environmental Affairs at AfriForum.

In a press release issued the organisation stated that they do not focus on the condition of the plants as such, but on the quality of the drinking water (Blue Drop) as well as treated sewerage water (Green Drop) from the plant.

According to the release, the Department of Water Affairs absolutely refuses to make its reports available to the public, seeing as it will put both the department as well as certain municipalities in a bad light.

They further stated that in order to ensure the health of a town and its citizens, all need to be informed about the quality of our drinking water.

The civil rights organisation tested the water quality in 107 towns during the course of last year, after which it transpired that the water of 11 towns wasn’t up to standard.

“By taking the correct steps, we could warn the communities in time, supply clean water to our people, take on municipalities and get the water of the towns that were affected up to standard within 24 hours,” said Kleynhans.

Your support can provide AfriForum with a mandate to prioritise your town.

They need 500 people’s SMSs to serve as a mandate to test the drinking water of a town as a priority.

  • SMS thus your town’s name, followed by your name to 45344. R1/SMS

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