PMB has the best water in SA

2016-02-25 10:24
Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness.

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness. (Ian Carbutt)

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It is official: Pietermaritzburg has the best water in the country.

The Department of Water and Sanitation this week announced the news that the Msunduzi Municipality’s water score of 97,97% by independent assessors was the best in South Africa.

The Blue Drop Status assessment, launched by the department in 2008, looks not only at the quality of drinking water, but also at the entire water provision cycle.

“We always knew that Pietermaritzburg’s water was the best, but now we are absolutely ecstatic to be acknowledged nationally,” said Brenden Sivpersad, the city’s process manager for water and sanitation.

He said the award speaks volumes for the effort the staff and officials put into delivering the best to the city’s residents.

Sivpersad promised residents that the city would not “let the ball drop” and would continue working hard to provide the best water in the country.

“We have shown the metro municipalities that with a dedicated workforce and limited budget we can still compete in the high ranks,” he said.

Last month Msunduzi received Blue Drop Status for the third consecutive year and was awarded platinum status in 2016.

However, it was a bitter-sweet award for the city, with the country facing water shortages.

“We are celebrating the quality of our water, but we are faced with a problem of quantity. I urge all residents that as much as they want to enjoy the best water in the country, they must please respect the quantity. It is a natural resource and it can run out,” urged Sivpersad.

Mayor Chris Ndlela also celebrated the national accolade, saying he was “humbled” by the award.

“One has to acknowledge the work that is done by the operational teams from the water and sanitation section to the environmental health section, for being able to attend to matters that can affect the quality of water with speed,” he said.

Ndlela applauded municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi for the achievement.

Msunduzi’s business sector also commended the city on the national achievement.

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness said she never doubted that the city’s water ranked among the best.

“The water doesn’t taste nearly as good anywhere else, but to have it acknowledged as the very best water quality in South Africa is a real feather in our cap,” she said.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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