Msunduzi urged to clean up its water

2010-04-20 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality needs to expand monitoring of its water distributing network and develop a water safety plan to ensure the best drinking water.

This is one of the findings of the Blue Drop report that was released by Water and Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi at the Water Institute of Southern Africa’s 2010 International Conference.

The Blue Drop certificate for a town or city means that people can drink from the taps. It also means the area’s waste water is managed in an environmentally acceptable way.

Blue Drop assessors scrutinise the water quality results, drinking water asset management, drinking water quality compliance and drinking water quality sample analysis of the town or city; only those that score 95% or more are awarded Blue Drop status.

Blue Drop certificates were awarded to 38 water supply systems across the country, including Umgeni Water.

While the Msunduzi district was one of the top five performers in the province, it did not score enough points to qualify.

The report said the Msunduzi water systems authority has done well to manage drinking water quality, but has failed to develop a water safety plan.

According to the Blue Drop Report 2010, KwaZulu-Natal proved to be one of the most challenging provinces to assess because there were 173 water systems to inspect — the largest number in the country.

Ethekwini Metro was the only municipality in the province to obtain the status, and the report stated that many other centres are well on their way to obtaining the Blue Drop awards.


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