‘March water test results worrying’

2016-04-14 06:00

THE owner of a water purification company in Uvongo has revealed the test results an independent laboratory conducts on purified water against municipal water.

Dries du Plessis, owner of Oasis Water, said these tests are conducted once a month.

“I have the reports of more than two years. The latest one for March is worrying as levels of bacteria are high,” said du Plessis.

“People come to my shop and complain about the bad taste of the tap water or that they have had diarrhoea because of the tap water they drink.”

He said it was criminal as it is a basic right to have safe and clean drinking water.

“I don’t do these tests myself. The franchise sends an independent laboratory and they conduct their own tests,” he added.

Ugu District Municipality spokesperson, France Zama, said tests are conducted by Umgeni Water Laboratory twice a week.

“Tests are also done internally in the municipal laboratory that is recognised by the Department of Water and Sanitation,” he said.

The acceptable level for E. coli is 0 counts/100ml.

This bacteria is widely used as an indicator of faecal pollution in microbiological studies.

“The presence of E. coli indicates there may be an indication of other pathogenic bacteria, as standard E. coli is a health failure indicator that renders the water unsafe to drink,” said Zama.

“When looking at the results we can deduce that Ugu water complies with the drinking water quality standards as E. coli is well with the required limits. The Standard Plate Count serves as an operational process indicator rather than a health indicator, which merely gives an indication that there is a minor process-related issue that requires attention,” he said.

He said operations staff attend to these matters.

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