Drinking water still unsafe

2015-01-22 00:00

RICHMOND residents have been without ­potable water for over a week after the Richmond water plant ran out of chemicals to purify the town’s supply.

The murky brown water was declared unsafe by uMgungundlovu Municipality water and sanitation official Jabulani Dlamini.

“If the water coming out of the taps is brown, then it is not drinkable,” he said.

“It is a bit of a problem. The water is a bit dirty because the Richmond water plant delayed the order of chemicals so they had nothing to put into the water.

“The water was also affected by the big storm we had last week,” he added.

Dlamini said the problem would be fixed as soon as chemicals had arrived at the plant yesterday afternoon.

“The water will be safe to drink soon.”

Richmond resident Frank Gamh said he had been bedridden for two days after drinking the water.

“No one notified me that the water was unsafe. It’s not good and it does not smell right,” said Gamh.

A Richmond resident who would not be named said there were often issues with the water supply and that she had invested in water tanks to supply her home.

“I don’t drink tap water regardless of the colour. I only drink bottled water,” she said.

Another woman who requested anonymity said they would be buying bottled water until the problem gets fixed.

“I am not taking any chances,” the resident said.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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