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Most happy with tap water - survey

2012-02-03 14:11

Johannesburg - Eighty-one percent of urban South Africans are confident the tap water they drink is safe, the Water Research Commission (WRC) said on Friday.

However, women were significantly less confident than men and had a higher tendency to boil, filter, or buy bottled water, according to the findings of a survey commissioned by the WRC.

Young people - between the ages of 16 and 34 - were more positive about the safety of tap water than older people.

Geographically, consumers in eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal had the highest confidence, while those in Mangaung in the Free State had the least.

Consumers living in non-metro municipalities in the Northern Cape, the Eastern Cape, Free State, and Mpumalanga had the lowest confidence.

Commenting on the survey, WRC CEO Dhesigen Naidoo said its findings were important as they showed that while people were justifiably concerned about tap water quality, many people still believed it was by and large very good.

It also defined the benchmark that should be aspired to.

"We need to accelerate our efforts until this perception becomes the predominant perception in all our municipalities across the country," Naidoo said.

The survey covered adults, aged 16 years and over, from all race and income groups, and involved a random sample of 2 437 urban households.

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  • zulie.rossouw - 2012-02-03 14:22

    I'm not happy with my hot water. Everytime I fill the bath I smell mild jik. My skin feels dry and peels off around my nails. I only smell it when the water is hot. I am in the Western Cape. Is this water safe?

      David - 2012-02-03 14:25

      I recommend you use baby jelly after each bath.Rub thoroughly all over the affected areas ...call me in the morning

      Squeegee - 2012-02-03 15:30

      "Young people - between the ages of 16 and 34 - were more positive about the safety of tap water than older people." That's because young people cant remember really clean tap water.

      jowza1 - 2012-02-03 15:32

      zulie,are you sure you are not mistaking your washing machine for a bath

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-03 16:34

      Zulie, they must have put a bit more than normal lime mixture in at the moment because I got that smell as well a few days ago. Nothing serious ...for now, but the fact that you peel i recommend you must rather go for tests/doctor. Davids advise sounds good, but I don't trust his "call me in the morning" ;)

      gtr1400 - 2012-02-03 20:45

      The Pollution in JHB that is getting to the point of no return is just like an Environmental time bomb, and is getting worse, most of the Granite companies can't recicle all the toxic slurry they produce so they dump the excess into storm drains ask how Toxic is the Granite: There are three main dangers, dust ingestion, dust inhalation, and heavy metal leaching caused by acidic food or drink. Granite contains Polonium, Lead, Plutonium, Uranium, and Thallium. Other heavy metals like Arsenic, Mercury, Tungsten, Cadmium and Vanadium are also present. Many consumers complain of a gritty feel to some tops, something that putting a heavy seal coat will reduce but not eliminate. Fabricators are at most risk for dust ingestion but homeowners should not place food, roll dough or use granite as a cutting board. Heavy metal leaching is by far the worst danger. Granite contains three main sources of both heavy metals and radiation, Potassium 40, Thorium, and Uranium. Keep in mind that all three of these elements are unstable they do decay constantly into other elements. Thorium is more of a danger to elaborators than homeowners, if aerosolized or present in dust form, it can lead to increased risk of cancers of the lungs, pancreas, and blood.If ingested, there is an increased risk of liver diseases. The rest of the steps are just radioactive! Granite has more poisonous substances in it than any other countertop material, by far. All that into our water sources. Use a water filter

      gtr1400 - 2012-02-03 20:47

      The Pollution in JHB that is getting to the point of no return is just like an Environmental time bomb, and is getting worse, most of the Granite companies can't recicle all the toxic slurry they produce so they dump the excess into storm drains ask how Toxic is the Granite: There are three main dangers, dust ingestion, dust inhalation, and heavy metal leaching caused by acidic food or drink. Granite contains Polonium, Lead, Plutonium, Uranium, and Thallium. Other heavy metals like Arsenic, Mercury, Tungsten, Cadmium and Vanadium are also present. Many consumers complain of a gritty feel to some tops, something that putting a heavy seal coat will reduce but not eliminate. Fabricators are at most risk for dust ingestion but homeowners should not place food, roll dough or use granite as a cutting board. Heavy metal leaching is by far the worst danger. Granite contains three main sources of both heavy metals and radiation, Potassium 40, Thorium, and Uranium. Keep in mind that all three of these elements are unstable they do decay constantly into other elements. Thorium is more of a danger to elaborators than homeowners, if aerosolized or present in dust form, it can lead to increased risk of cancers of the lungs, pancreas, and blood.If ingested, there is an increased risk of liver diseases. The rest of the steps are just radioactive! Granite has more poisonous substances in it than any other countertop material, by far. All that into our water sources. Use a water filter

  • leonstoumann - 2012-02-03 14:35

    I visited Witbank recently ... the tapwater is a disgrace !!!!!

  • dare.myburgh - 2012-02-03 14:42

    I dont trust any drinking water supply's by the Municipality,it is contaminated with sewage water.Look what happened in Alberton 3 days without water due to municipal error`s,this country is going backwards not forwards.

      Willie - 2012-02-03 14:46

      What is contribution to make the country not to go backward.The water we drink is recycled anyway

      David - 2012-02-03 14:57

      @ Wilie Come on now! What are you trying to say, hmm?

  • TheWatcher - 2012-02-03 14:50

    Last time I drank my town's water I spent a week on the toilet wondering if my bowels were going to fall out. I also discovered that at times the allum (i was told its a settling agent) content is 10 000 times the safe limit, this on the odd days that they remember to put it in so drinking it is already a game of russian roulette. I now only drink rain water.

  • Stan - 2012-02-03 14:56

    Save water... Drink beer

  • Collen - 2012-02-03 15:15

    I drink tap water, I'm in Joburg. I never saw any suspicious creepies in the water I drank. It's safe. And I still drink from the wells when i'm in Mpumalanga :)

      Godfrey - 2012-02-03 18:48

      Me too - a lot if these scare stories are promoted by guys who bottle tap water in fancy blue bottle and making a fortune selling it to tards.

      John - 2012-02-04 06:36

      Exacatly Godfrey! I just saw your Environmental Chemistry Diploma on the wall. Probably Reverse Osmosis is another junk word for you? Unfortunately only fancy blue bottles are available and "they" don't stock a "Jerry-Cans" for your convinience. Godfrey, did you ever seen how water is deliver to your household? What pipes are used ?

  • DaniĆ«l - 2012-02-03 15:35

    Sis I for one wo'nt drink it

  • Grimett - 2012-02-03 15:37

    If you asked the mayors of most areas to drink a litre of tap water from their areas in public to convince us of its safety,most would refuse.

  • iAREmatete - 2012-02-03 15:53

    That 19% must be from Witbank

  • iAREmatete - 2012-02-03 15:54

    That 19% must be from Witbank. We have horrible water services and a very light shade of brown coloured water

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-03 15:56

    Poor Mangaung nogal heel laaste! I do have a water filter but think our water is quite fine.

  • omcdermott - 2012-02-03 16:33

    With all due respect to this article - nobody ON THIS PLANET should be consuming ANY "tap" water as ALL water supplies GLOBALLY contain a percentage of FLUORIDE which is a NEUROTOXIN and damages (calcifies) both the Pineal Gland AND the Thyroid... most people are not aware of this. Boiling water & even running it through cheap commercial filters DOES NOT REMOVE FLUORIDE. This is a problem. It is conducive to Cancer - why? because our Pineal Glands release Melatonin - which, aside from regulating sleep, also FIGHTS Cancer NATURALLY. A calcified Pineal Gland does not release the required amounts of said hormone - which, in turn, increases one's risk of Cancer. So, basically... yhea, drink beer. lol.

  • Angela Saayman - 2012-02-03 17:48

    They never asked us to vote???? Western Cape

  • ISO - 2012-02-03 18:02

    At least one thing is pure and clear!

  • Hugh - 2012-02-03 18:44

    Just great stuff BUT these same municipalities and Metro's have by laws that they can enforce if we decide to use rain water harvesting domestically. Nothing like good clean rain water.

  • gtr1400 - 2012-02-03 20:43

    The Pollution in JHB that is getting to the point of no return is just like an Environmental time bomb, and is getting worse, most of the Granite companies can't recycle all the toxic slurry they produce so they dump the excess into storm drains ask how Toxic is the Granite: There are three main dangers, dust ingestion, dust inhalation, and heavy metal leaching caused by acidic food or drink. Granite contains Polonium, Lead, Plutonium, Uranium, and Thallium. Other heavy metals like Arsenic, Mercury, Tungsten, Cadmium and Vanadium are also present. Many consumers complain of a gritty feel to some tops, something that putting a heavy seal coat will reduce but not eliminate. Fabricators are at most risk for dust ingestion but homeowners should not place food, roll dough or use granite as a cutting board. Heavy metal leaching is by far the worst danger. Granite contains three main sources of both heavy metals and radiation, Potassium 40, Thorium, and Uranium. Keep in mind that all three of these elements are unstable they do decay constantly into other elements. Thorium is more of a danger to elaborators than homeowners, if aerosolized or present in dust form, it can lead to increased risk of cancers of the lungs, pancreas, and blood. If ingested, there is an increased risk of liver diseases. The rest of the steps are just radioactive! Granite has more poisonous substances in it than any other countertop material,by far. All that into our water sources. Use a water filter

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