Quality of drinking water improves in PMB

2011-02-25 00:00

THE quality of Pietermaritzburg’s drinking water has improved.

Council spokesperson Brian Zuma said in a statement this week that the municipality has participated in the Blue Drop initiative since its launch in 2008.

The Blue Drop system assessments are not only concerned with the quality of drinking water, but also with water safety plans, process control, drinking water quality programmes and credibility.

The assessments also survey drinking water compliance, submission of drinking water results and the publication of results and asset management, Zuma said.

“During the first round of the Blue Drop assessments, Msunduzi Municipality managed an overall score of 92%. Blue Drop criteria, however, became stricter within the second round, with emphasis on excellence, which impacted on the scoring.

Msunduzi Municipality’s overall score for the second round, which was conducted in 2010, was 73,2% and was based on the evaluation of two systems, said Zuma.

He said the council’s Blue Drop status, currently being assessed for the 2011 accreditation process, is an overall 98,3% for microbiological compliance.

“The Blue Drop assessment will be finalised by July 2011 in Cape Town. Members of the public can access the drinking water quality of [the municipality] on the Department of Water Affairs website by clicking on “My Water”, he said.

Zuma said the municipality is confident that the rating this year will show a consistent improvement in the supply of clean drinking water to the city.

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