New equipment for safe water

2018-08-08 06:01
Acting principal environmental health practitioner, Dirk Steyn, explains how the pH levels are tested in the water. At the back is MMC for Public Health, Lance Grootboom.                              Photo:KAILIN DANIELS

Acting principal environmental health practitioner, Dirk Steyn, explains how the pH levels are tested in the water. At the back is MMC for Public Health, Lance Grootboom. Photo:KAILIN DANIELS

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has made special provisions for new equipment to ensure that water is not harmful to residents by regularly testing of the Metro’s water supply.

With the current level 5 water restrictions in the metro, the municipality is finding innovative ways to ensure that water should not only be used sparingly, but that regular safety checks of the metro’s water supplies should be done.

The dam levels are currently 18.18% of total combined capacity as on Monday, August 6.

The municipality has spent just under R1 million on the new equipment to test water samples, which has been used by health practitioners since July 1. The water safety checks are done once per week as opposed to the legislative checks of once per month.

The acting principal environmental health practitioner, Dirk Steyn, said that regular water checks are done to test for chemicals and water born diseases.

“The quality of the water is always 99% and we usually test the pH levels and the visibility of chlorine of the water as well. If chlorine is present, the water is safe from harmful organisms,” he said.

Previously, it took approximately two days for the water samples to be efficiently tested. With the use of the new equipment the results are immediately available with 35 water sampling kits that are taken out to 77 sampling points across the city including reservoirs.

“We always ensured that residents get quality water, but with the equipment that we have now, it’s just more safeguarding and more ensuring that there’s always quality water for our residents. We are just upping our game and keeping up to international standards as well as national legislation,” Member of Mayoral Committee for Public Health, Lance Grootboom.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.