Water normalises after oil contamination

2016-04-21 06:00

COMMUNITIES from Hibberdene to Ramsgate and inland areas of Gamalakhe­, KwaMadlala and Murchison can rest assured knowing their water supply has been certified clean and has no oil content after being tested­ by an independent water laboratory­, Umgeni Water Laboratory.

Pumping from the Umzimkhulu River resumed yesterday afternoon after the municipality cleaned all oil content in the point of abstraction of St Helen’s Rock pump station using internal resources.

Umgeni Water Laboratory conducted­ various tests on the supply and has confirmed that the water has been cleared of all oil and grease content.

The abstraction of water to the plant, which was redirected to our off-storage dam in Bhobhoyi, has since been reverted.

It is our view, as the municipality, that water is life and as a caring water services authority, the municipality will continue testing water for quality assurance for the next two weeks through Umgeni Water Laboratory.

Following the internal preliminary investigations, which have revealed that a sand mining company that operates along Umzimkhulu River had spilt oil into the river leading to our abstraction point.

The municipality will be taking legal action against those involved.

The municipality is appreciative of the co-operation by communities during this period and once again we urge them to reduce water usage by using water sparingly as the drought is still a persisting in our district and the rest of the KwaZulu-Natal.
Communities must continue to heed our noble call of saving water every day in every way.

The Ugu District Municipality promotes­ working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for our communities.

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