Diepsloot water gets clean bill

By Drum Digital
03 May 2012

Drinking water in Diepsloot informal settlement, north of Johannesburg, was no longer contaminated and safe to drink, the city said on Thursday.

"The quality of the water in the whole of Diepsloot has now been corrected and meets the South African National Standard (SANS) 241, and its quality is on par with the rest of Johannesburg," said spokeswoman Millicent Kabwe.

Safe water services were restored to the area on April 22.

The performing of corrective measures and testing took longer than Johannesburg Water had expected, and the city apologised for the inconvenience caused to residents.

The correction of the problem included flushing and related engineering and scientific processes, she said.

"Our greatest appreciation goes to the majority of the residents, dedicated staff members and all other stakeholders who were patient and supportive throughout this period."

Diepsloot's drinking water system was contaminated by sewage on April 12 when a contractor upgrading infrastructure accidentally damaged water pipes.

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