Diepsloot water remains contaminated

2012-04-17 08:26

Johannesburg - Water in the majority of Diepsloot was shown to be contaminated following the results of a third water test, the City of Johannesburg said on Tuesday.

"The only area which is safe at this point is Diepsloot West. The Diepsloot West pumps will therefore be opened for normal use later tonight [Tuesday]," said spokesperson Millicent Kabwe.

Water tankers and task teams were to be deployed throughout Diepsloot with priority given to the elderly, children and the disabled.

Kabwe said officials were working to restore drinkable water to the rest of Diepsloot as soon as possible.

Residents were notified by the city on Friday to not drink the tap water.

Two previous tests were conducted on the water in the area, with the third test conducted on Monday.

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  • Grimmister - 2012-04-17 08:32

    On 702 this morning...The Minister said that the water was safe to drink,,,*inserts confused look...Safe for whom???

      Ricky - 2012-04-17 09:11

      Safe for her voters, drink up diepsloot

      Ian - 2012-04-17 09:13

      My first thoughts when I saw this article were 'Bet before the end of the day the 'government' denies this, and tells us that SA has the safest drinking water in the world'

      Rabble-Rouser - 2012-04-17 09:37

      Perhaps she is refering to the water provided in the water tankers. Obfuscation always reigns supreme in these matters. I'm suprised she didn't state that she was not aware of any water problem. That's usually their standard response.

      Leonard - 2012-04-17 09:43

      So let the MINISTER be the FIRST to drink and share with family and children.

      Alan - 2012-04-17 10:04

      Well guys - it works like this - The Ruling party and their Toddler League only mix their Johnnie Walker Blue Label with Perrier Water. So actaully, there is NO PROBLEM whatsoever. Stuff the people!

      Deon - 2012-04-17 10:48

      Send some water to the minister.

      adam - 2012-04-17 13:52

      Is this safe as in zuma says South Africa is safe??

      Gloria - 2012-04-17 15:56

      The minister should drink the water on behalf of us through her lips.

  • Gavin - 2012-04-17 08:45

    Wow, an ANC flunky getting her facts wrong - that's a first, no second, or is it the norm ?

      Vinette - 2012-04-17 09:58

      Hey? Gavin, with all due respect my friend: WHERE DO YOU COME FROM!!! THE GOVERNMENT GET IT WRONG MORE OFTEN THAN NOT!!!

      Vinette - 2012-04-17 09:59

      But then you did mean this "tongue-in-cheek", didn't you?

      Alan - 2012-04-17 10:02

      Er Vin.. I think you missed the sarcasm there

  • MornĂ© - 2012-04-17 08:49

    This is he beginning of the water problem in South Africa, if they can't even maintain one areas water how wil the maintain it nationaly. The water in South Africa are presumed safe but with South African standards.

      Alan - 2012-04-17 10:11

      yeah - nevermind the inaccurate and suspect testing - the standards that are used in SA do not take all contaminants into account like in most first world countries, so oure 'safe' water is not actually measuring apples with apples.

  • ClaudsDeLuca - 2012-04-17 08:50

    Contaminated with what?

      Angela - 2012-04-17 10:06

      contaminated with sh*t !!

      ClaudsDeLuca - 2012-04-17 10:31

      But Diepsloot is literally beside a sewage 'purifying' plant? The irony. The sh*t's probably spilling into a clean water supply.. poor people, its horrid to imagine not yet knowing and taking that first sip..

      adam - 2012-04-17 13:54

      Contaminated with anc.

  • Donovan - 2012-04-17 08:53

    What's new? Everything is being contaminated by the cANCer mafioso,I wonder who will get the tender to \decontaminate\ the water.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-17 08:56

    The ANC's failure to maintain the water pumps etc at mining sites has directly resulted in the loss of millions of liters of pure water in the Johannesburg bowls. The really sad thing is that now they will have to spend money to purify water and guess who will bear the extra costs (plus a generous profit margin) on behalf of the ANC?

  • Lyn - 2012-04-17 09:09

    How did the water get contaminated?

      MarkR61 - 2012-04-17 09:13

      Drive past there every day. Diepsloot right next to the JHB North Water Works. And the stuff that flows out of there and into th stream below is extremely suspect and stinks to high heaven. Wouldn't be surprised if that got into the water supply.

      Alan - 2012-04-17 10:08

      Eish Lyn -many of our Municipal Sewage and Water Treatement plants in SA are not functional, or only partly functional. The result is effluent in all of our major water supplies, with highly harmful organisms in the water and thereby also in the crops irrigated with contaminated water. If you wann eat safe - organic is the only safe food, and Reverse osmosis filtered water is the only safe water. The water situation in SA is in a crisis state through mismanagement and lack of funding.

      adam - 2012-04-17 14:15

      Alan, Just a few kilometres down ,the organic vegies one of our upper class supermakets sell, use this water. I heard they found e-coli and stopped, but who knows.

  • Gavin - 2012-04-17 09:15

    Water will soon the new Eskom.

      Alan - 2012-04-17 10:09

      More like E-scum with all the baddies in our water.

      Alan - 2012-04-17 10:39

      or E-Coli ..more to the point!!

      Xigwili - 2012-04-18 14:39

      Diepsloot people the water is clean now let's drink we tired about your rubbish testing everyday funk dis government...

  • Donovan - 2012-04-17 09:21

    LoL! Coudnt help but noticing that all comments thus far got the thumbs down,most probably by the same idiot,Polyplonky! Is it you perhaps?

      Gloria - 2012-04-17 16:01

      LOL !!

  • Elizabeth - 2012-04-17 09:25

    So they voted for the wonderful ANC but as Marie Antoinette said 'let them eat cake', so let the masses eat s....t When will they realise nothing is for free and everything has a price!!

      nokuthandwa - 2012-04-17 09:41

      A very ignorant and incorrect assumption that most people in townships vote ANC. You'd actually be surprised if you did some research BEFORE commenting.

      Alan - 2012-04-17 10:21

      nah Elizabeth - safe water is something that everybody is entitled to, and our water resources are the most precious resource we have in SA and Africa. Govt.should be looking long term here and ensuring efficient Sewage Treatment plants. By ignoring the crisis now, the problem is going to be crippling in the near future. This is not the fault of anybody living in Diepsloot - and contaminated water affects all people and animals that are exposed to health risks though food and crops that have been contaminated. The pipeline to the Jhb North Sewage Plant has had the cladding stolen, and this is causing the pipes to overheat and cool, with is causing cracks. It that pipe breaks - it is a national disaster! Yet - 3 years later - action taken = none!

  • Stille - 2012-04-17 09:28

    Great. Time the mindless sheep see the true colours of the puppetmasters. LOL

      nokuthandwa - 2012-04-17 09:41

      Nothing LOL about this. Again, A very ignorant and incorrect assumption that all people in townships vote ANC!!!

      Martin - 2012-04-17 09:58

      NOKUTHANDWA, i agree, alot of the guys i know and work with have changed their whole outlook on the anc since the last elections, when promises are lies people notice, i think the anc is in for a shocker come the next election, i just put money on it they wont give up power without a fire fight, only communists call eachother comrades

      Alan - 2012-04-17 10:22

      I am with you Noku....

  • MarkR61 - 2012-04-17 09:53

    It's no wonder there are all the service delivery failure riots. Contaminated water, garbage piled high next to the road between Diepsloot and the Water Works. I live on the plots just north of the N14. Have to feel sorry for the folk driving in with trailers loaded with buckets coming to collect borehole water from the plot owners out there.

      butch.poulter - 2012-04-17 11:06

      Saw plenty Diepsloot residents with buckets running across the N14 this week end Seriously dangerous to themselves and the motorists. So much for free everything for the people. Nokuthandwa I hope you are right about the township votes. Cant believe the ruling party treats the poorest of the poor like animals. Waterboard is another Escom in the making.

  • joey.leroux2 - 2012-04-17 10:02

    I dont think we should blame the people in Diepsloot, it is definitely a sign of poor management but the municipalities.. yet again... we can't keep pointing fingers at the ANC saying *ITS YOU* Maybe a bit more of a pro active reaction is needed??

      Alan - 2012-04-17 10:14

      well Joey - if the rates and taxes money was used efficiently for what it was paid for, we would not have a major problem. But fraud, inefficiency and lack of knowledge has left out water in the sh**, so to speak

  • Angela - 2012-04-17 10:07

    I have 2 staff members who live in Diepsloot and they have informed me that there has been no drinkable water for a week !! The powers that be should be ashamed of themselves !! These people are the ones who vote for the ANC and are given all kinds of promises by them, including gift vouchers closer to voting time, with the promise that they will receive these vouchers on a monthly basis....what a bloody joke !! How can the Government exploit people in such a manner??? ANC.... are you waiting for a Cholera outbreak before you do something constructive about this problem ??

  • Ian - 2012-04-17 10:15

    Not to worry, R535 billion should do the trick...............!!!!!????

      ClaudsDeLuca - 2012-04-17 10:32

      It would, but only less than half of that has been budgeted..

      Alan - 2012-04-17 10:40

      of which we would be lucky if half of that was actually used cost-effectively to improve water quality and sanitation.

  • malvina.vanbreemen - 2012-04-17 11:06

    When we still lived in Jhb (within 10km of Diepsloot) 5 and more years ago, we took to filtering and then boiling ALL our drinking water first after having independent testing done on the municipal supply of so-called 'safe' water. @Nokuthandwa - thank goodness not everyone votes for corruption. Sadly, not enough people think like you! Visit some of the deep rural areas of KZN and see what the ruling party DOESN'T DO - 1) Provide any water at all 2) Provide ANY services of value to their voting public who live on land owned by the Ngonyama Trust - hundreds of thousands of hectares of land - owned by ONE person ONLY - dear little King Goodwill Zwelethini, King of the Zulus, blue light brigade abuser and owner of more land than all the commercial farmers in KZN. Need I say more?

  • Dhavandran - 2012-04-17 12:44

    the minister is an idiot. she is there not because of merit or qualification in the area of pollution or environmental science but by the blind voters."the water is safe" !@##$sake,catch a wake-up or drink some of that safe water.

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