Oudtshoorn water tested after discolouration following flash floods

2017-04-13 09:13


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Cape Town - The results of tests to detect bacteria and to ascertain the amount of iron in the discoloured water experienced in Oudtshoorn are expected to be released on Thursday.

The water, drawn from the Koos Raubenheimer dam, is believed to be discoloured due to mud as well as remains of burnt vegetation in the water catchment area, the municipal water department said on Wednesday.

The discolouration occurred following heavy rains and flash floods in the town this past weekend, the Oudtshoorn municipality said in a statement.

"Although the Municipal Water Department does not have any reason to believe that the water is unsafe for human consumption, we encourage consumers to boil the water before using it for human consumption, pending the outcome of the tests," mayor Colan Sylvester said.

Unfounded messages have been circulating on social media claiming the water had resulted in people being hospitalised, he said.

"We, however, can confirm both the Oudtshoorn Provincial Hospital and the Klein Karoo Medi-Clinic have not received any incidents relating to the claims of the social media messages," Sylvester confirmed.

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