Union pleased with water improvement

2012-05-08 16:36

Johannesburg - The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) is pleased with the improvement in municipal drinking water quality following the release of the Blue Drop report, the trade union said on Tuesday.

"We are very proud of the efforts of our members and note that the three top water quality scorers were all in the Gauteng region," Imatu general secretary Johan Koen said in a statement.

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, the City of Johannesburg and Mogale City Local Municipality all received over 98% in the report, which was released by Water Minister Edna Molewa on Monday.

The report, which covers the period January to December last year, showed the number of municipalities awarded Blue Drop status had risen significantly, from 66 in the previous (2011) report, to 98.

The latest Blue Drop report - essentially a national assessment of drinking water quality - involved an audit of 153 local, district and metropolitan municipalities, and this time round included nearly all 931 plants in the country's water system.

Imatu said it was encouraged by the improvement in South Africa’s water quality, and believed quality drinking water management should be implemented in all municipalities.

"Imatu strongly believes that all South Africans should have access to clean, quality drinking water and there are still a number of municipalities that must be improved," said Koen.

The department red-flagged 14 municipalities where residents were warned not to drink tap water without boiling it or adding bleach.

These municipalities were: Ikwezi and Kou-Kamma local municipalities, in the Eastern Cape; Letsemeng, Ngwathe, Nketoane and Phumelela local municipalities, in the Free State; Thabazimbi Local Municipality, in Limpopo; Bushbuckridge, Chief Albert Luthuli, Mkhondo, Msukaligwa, and Nkomazi local municipalities, in Mpumalanga; Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality, in North West; and Umsobomvu Local Municipality, in the Northern Cape.

  • Johan - 2012-05-08 16:55

    I must be honest, Rand Water is better drinking water than those people buy in bottles. Valpre, Aqua and all those brands probably use Tap Water anyway! Hope it stays this way.

  • Martin - 2012-05-08 16:57

    i dont care bout the tax payers water supply... go fix your screw ups in the eastern cape, free state, northen cape, wtf is wrong with you reject uneducated human right abusing imbeciles?

  • Ashandren Van De Mash - 2012-05-08 17:04

    lets hope the red-flagged municipalities will get help soon b'cos,well our gorvenment is doing things in snails' speed

  • En - 2012-05-08 17:07

    Good news story = few comments. As you were South Africans, as you were

  • diego.singer - 2012-05-08 20:25

    To many people worry about the acid in the water but similar but worst things happen at Granite Factories spilling the toxic slurry into the storm drains most of the time. So ask youself: Is Granite Toxic? Yes, very much so! There are three main dangers, dust ingestion, dust inhalation, and heavy metal leaching caused by acidic food or drink. Granite contains Polonium, Lead, Plutonium, Uranium, and Thallium. Other heavy metals like Arsenic, Mercury, Tungsten, Cadmium and Vanadium are also present. Heavy metal leaching is by far the worst danger. Granite contains three main sources of both heavy metals and radiation, Potassium 40, Thorium, and Uranium. Keep in mind that all three of these elements are unstable, they do decay constantly into other elements. Thorium is more of a danger to elaborators than homeowners, if aerosolized or present in dust form, it can lead to increased risk of cancers of the lungs, pancreas, and blood. If ingested, there is an increased risk of liver diseases. Here is a link to a chain of 20 radioactive particles emitted per atom of Thorium present. The long half lives don't matter, some are decaying at all times. Note that many of the steps in the decay chain are toxic heavy metals, Polonium, Plutonium (yes, that Plutonium), Uranium, Thallium, and Lead. The rest of the steps are just radioactive! Granite has more poisonous substances in it than any other countertop material, by far; And find the way that the Granite factories stop dumping..

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