Diepsloot water problem complex, dept says

2012-04-19 18:04
Johannesburg - Problems with the drinking water supply in parts of Diepsloot are complex, but are being addressed, deputy water minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said on Thursday.

"The complexity to rectify this situation is well understood due to the magnitude of the network, the flushing process, and related engineering and scientific processes," she said in a statement.

Mabudafhasi attended a meeting with the City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg Water earlier to discuss the problem.

Diepsloot's drinking water system was contaminated by sewage last Thursday when a contractor upgrading infrastructure accidentally damaged water pipes.

The pipe system in the township was being flushed out and chlorine was being added to ensure the water was safe.

Mabudafhasi said she was satisfied that the regulatory requirements had been met and that adequate measures were being taken to restore safe drinking water as soon as possible.

While there was a noticeable improvement in the water quality, it was not yet in line with national standards.

"Community members are thus warned that they should not use the water for drinking and cooking as yet, but they can use the water for sanitation purposes," she said.

Water in Diepsloot extension two had not been affected and was safe to drink.

Other areas close to Diepsloot, like Dainfern and Fourways, were also unaffected.

The results of water samples taken from affected areas would be available only on Friday, as the process took about 20 hours, Mabudafhasi said.

Sixty-five stationary tanks and 13 mobile trucks would continue to provide safe drinking water until the water tested safe for consumption.

Police reinforcements had been called into the area to stop residents from crossing the M14 to fetch water from nearby factories.

They were also controlling the distribution of water from tankers.

According to the 2001 census, Diepsloot covers an area of 8.58km and had a population of 50 000. The majority of the community speaks Sepedi or isiZulu.

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