Water ‘is safe to drink’

2008-02-21 00:00

NO further results have been forthcoming from the Msunduzi Municipality regarding the fishy-smelling water found in the taps of residents of the northern suburbs.

Council spokeswoman Evodia Mahlangu said that no results were obtained by the end of the working day, but results may be expected by today. Initial E.coli tests indicated no faecal contamination.

Affected Orient Heights residents are warned to be wary of water testing cons. Mahlangu reiterated that the water is safe for consumption and asked residents to await laboratory results before jumping to conclusions about the water quality.

Sarika Ramchunder, manager at H2O International, a water filtration company, said that electrolysis testing carried out on water samples is misguiding.

A warning posted on the www.watertestscam.org website says that the change in water colour after testing is the result of reverse osmosis (RO).

“RO water contains very little to no minerals. This water does not conduct electricity, since to conduct electricity minerals need to be present in the water … Therefore no discolouration will be visible in the RO water,” the website reads.

Ramchunder said that the colour change in water submitted to electrolysis testing is normal and can be expected, as there are naturally occurring minerals in all water.

Salespeople of RO testing equipment may say that the RO water is less contaminated, while bottled water or tap water is dirty. The RO equipment is sold by water purification companies at prices ranging from R3 500 to R8 000, usually to farmers.

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