Cleaning process cuts Soutpan’s water

2018-03-14 06:00

The Mangaung Metro Municipality has warned residents of Soutpan that the quality of their water is not good for consumption, referring to the cleaning of the water plant supplying the town.

In a statement issued on Thursday (08/03), Qondile Khedama, Mangaung Metro spokesperson, said the cleaning process started on 28 February.

According to him the Department of Water and Sanitation and Bloemwater started with a cleaning process of the Soutpan water plant system, including the reservoir, which necessitated a water shutdown for effective work to be done.

During the cleaning of the water plant period, Khedama said water tankers will continue to provide water to residents.

He added that schools and public areas will be given the attention they deserve.

“The delay taking place is due to the unavailability of some material that is not manufactured in the province. Our engineering department has managed to procure the filters and is awaiting delivery.

“These filters are an integral part of the project, and once they arrive will be fitted immediately, and the plant be recommissioned,” Khedama explained.

He said the Mangaung Metro Laboratory Services has conducted an intense plant assessment, including sampling and analysis.

“Residents are advised not to drink water from the tap until the entire operation is completed. The city will continue to provide the community with water. We are appealing for the patience of the community while we are underta­king this operation.

“The intention is to ensure we come up with a permanent solution at this plant that had not been serviced in a while before the amalgamation of Soutpan into the Mangaung Metro in 2016.”

Soutpan was previously administered by the cash-strapped Masilonyana Municipality until being incorporated into the Mangaung Metro two years ago.

Concerns over the quality of water were raised early in February.

The concerns included the disco­louration and sandy smell of the water. Mangaung Metro then denied that water in Bloemfontein was contaminated, despite independent tests indicated that very high levels of E.coli and coliform bacteria were present in the water.

The E.coli count in Soutpan was reportedly 130 when it should be less than 1. The coliform bacteria count was 201 when it should be less than 10.


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