Bloemhof water ‘still brown, smelly’

2014-05-30 09:57

Water in the North West town of Bloemhof was still brown, with the town having endured a waterless week that saw a baby die and hundreds of residents treated for diarrhoea.

This morning, Sinah Jacobs from Boitumelong township in Bloemhof, chopped wood in her backyard near an open fire, where two large pots of water were boiling.

Jacobs’ eldest son Petrus was sitting on a chair near his mother in the cool morning air.

“The water is still brown and smelly. We boiled it last night and drank it. My eldest son is sick. He did not go to work because of stomach cramps and diarrhoea,” Jacobs told Sapa.

Petrus said: “I am sick. I did not sleep throughout the night because of the stomach cramps and diarrhoea. I boiled the water like they [officials from the municipality] said and drank it but it still made me sick.”

Earlier, the North West health department said five babies were admitted for observation in hospital after the water contamination claimed a baby’s life.

Spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane said the babies were kept for observation because their immune systems were weak.

The baby died on Wednesday after contracting severe diarrhoea from the contamination.

More than 200 people were treated in clinics this week for diarrhoea in the water-depleted town.

“The water is back [on] in the area. However, residents are encouraged to boil their water. The municipality will continue to test the water,” Lekgethwane said.

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