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More have access to safe water

2011-08-30 20:23

Pretoria - Statistics SA said on Tuesday that 93% of South African households in 2010 had access to safe water in 2010.

This had improved from 88.7% in 2002, according to statistics in the General Household Survey.

These figures did not take into account the distance people had to travel to reach water and regarded safe water as piped, tap and borehole water.

The Eastern Cape had the lowest access to safe water in 2010 at 74%.

It had, however, shown remarkable progress from 59% access in 2002, the report said.

The Western Cape had the best access in 2010 at 99%.

Having access to water did not mean that safe water was easy to access, according to the report. Only 45% of those with access to water actually had it in their dwellings.

Limpopo was the worst at 14%, followed by North West at 25% and Mpumalanga at 29%.

A total of 59% of households in 2010 used flush toilets connected to a public sewerage system - up from 56% in 2002.

Households with no toilet facilities dropped from 10% in 2002 to 5% in 2010.

The government had not yet managed to eliminate the use of bucket toilets although its use had dropped from 2.5% to 0.8% in 2010.

Thirty-thousand households were surveyed in face-to-face interviews.

Comments
  • Conscience - 2011-08-30 22:45

    No surprise about the Western Cape. And I'm sure we all know why.

      ian.teall - 2011-08-31 09:17

      This whole story is a bit of government propaganda. More have access to RUNNING water, but NONE of it is safe!

  • Israel - 2011-08-31 00:01

    That's a lie We must understand that we are sitting on a Environmental Time Bomb ,because it’s been many months without rain and the Toxic Slurry that Granite Factories spill on the surrunding grounds when their filterpress malfunction and the build up of toxic Surry fill up the main silo then they have no choice than to dump. Now it's dry but as soon the rain season start all that thousands of litters of Toxic Slurry will be wash on to the small water ways and storm drains that end up polluting the recicle water in JHB ,the municipality does not have the ways to deal with all the toxics of the slurry(Google “is granite toxic”) , another way that JHB is going to be polluted is the underground water sources , JHB have torrential and most will be absorb down to the underground water that we already we have acid water from the mines rising and later all the toxics from the granite slurry will mix together forming a real lethal mix. How many people use boreholes to irrigate the veggies & plants in their plots they will never know how contaminated is that water putting in danger the people that buy their products. I can’t believe the government let this happen. South African pollution get to the point of no return , while some multinational companies get more richer for not dealing with their waste products like they should. Just remember :"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke). We have to make a stand now to protect JHB !!

  • Israel - 2011-08-31 00:04

    That's a lie We must understand that we are sitting on a Environmental Time Bomb, because it’s been many months without rain and the Toxic Slurry that Granite Factories spill on the surrounding grounds when their filter press malfunction and the build up of toxic Surry fill up the main silo then they have no choice than to dump. Now it's dry but as soon the rain season start all that thousands of litters of Toxic Slurry will be wash on to the small water ways and storm drains that end up polluting the recycle water in JHB ,the municipality does not have the ways to deal with all the toxics of the slurry(Google “is granite toxic”) , another way that JHB is going to be polluted is the underground water sources , JHB have torrential and most will be absorb down to the underground water that we already we have acid water from the mines rising and later all the toxics from the granite slurry will mix together forming a real lethal mix. How many people use boreholes to irrigate the veggies & plants in their plots they will never know how contaminated is that water putting in danger the people that buy their products. I can’t believe the government let this happen. South African pollution get to the point of no return, while some multinational companies get more richer for not dealing with their waste products like they should. Just remember:"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke). We have to make a stand now to protect JHB !!

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