Durban's drinking water safe - official

2011-11-30 12:06

Durban - The eThekwini municipality has allayed fears that its drinking water may have been contaminated during the recent floods which left a trail of destruction and claimed lives.

"We would like to assure all our residents and thousands of delegates attending the climate change conference that our drinking water was not affected by floods," acting head of health at the municipality Dr Ayo Olowolagba told Sapa.

Fears were raised after the city announced floods had caused sewers and certain waste water treatment plants to overflow.

Olowolagba said there was no need to panic.

Heavy downpours on Sunday night, hours before the start of the COP 17 climate change conference, damaged properties and claimed five lives.

Olowolagba said it was possible certain water bodies had been contaminated with sewage and that this may pose an increased risk to public health. Seawater at beaches near river mouths may pose a public health risk due to high bacterial loads.

“Swimming at such beaches is therefore to be discouraged,” he said.

Rivers and storm water drains were also likely to be contaminated and the public was urged to avoid contact with water from them.

“People who drink water from the rivers should boil their water. We are monitoring the situation. The warning we have issued is a precautionary measure.”

  • richard.hipkin - 2011-11-30 12:26

    Nuff said... move on, nothing to see here.

      sorryson3 - 2011-11-30 13:07

      There are none so blind as those who will not see !!!

      Kala - 2011-11-30 16:31

      I guess you don't mind seeing the turds floating down your street, or you kids playing amongst the pooh on the beach. We should be demanding more responsability from those entrusted to keep our enviroment clean.

  • sorryson3 - 2011-11-30 13:11

    Dr Ayo Olowolagba, acting Head Of Health, wonder where this fine fellow hails from ?? Just asking......

      Hunter - 2011-11-30 17:22

      Sounds Nigerian...

  • Liv - 2011-11-30 13:31

    Sooner or later we're all going to need inhome water filters. Watermate is made here in durbs, stainless steel, all your taps with one filter.

  • zelda.potgieter - 2011-11-30 13:55

    Can't help to wonder if all municipalities are heading towards this It is of the upmost importance that we hold our municipalities accountable. They spend OUR tax money afterall. Citizens unite on one platform!

  • Maureen Webster - 2011-11-30 19:46

    What warnings where issued. This is the first I am hearing about this. Must people die before you admit the sewerage system is in crisis.

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