Diepsloot water problem complex, dept says

2012-04-19 18:04

Johannesburg - Problems with the drinking water supply in parts of Diepsloot are complex, but are being addressed, deputy water minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said on Thursday.

"The complexity to rectify this situation is well understood due to the magnitude of the network, the flushing process, and related engineering and scientific processes," she said in a statement.

Mabudafhasi attended a meeting with the City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg Water earlier to discuss the problem.

Diepsloot's drinking water system was contaminated by sewage last Thursday when a contractor upgrading infrastructure accidentally damaged water pipes.

The pipe system in the township was being flushed out and chlorine was being added to ensure the water was safe.

Mabudafhasi said she was satisfied that the regulatory requirements had been met and that adequate measures were being taken to restore safe drinking water as soon as possible.

While there was a noticeable improvement in the water quality, it was not yet in line with national standards.

"Community members are thus warned that they should not use the water for drinking and cooking as yet, but they can use the water for sanitation purposes," she said.

Water in Diepsloot extension two had not been affected and was safe to drink.

Other areas close to Diepsloot, like Dainfern and Fourways, were also unaffected.

The results of water samples taken from affected areas would be available only on Friday, as the process took about 20 hours, Mabudafhasi said.

Sixty-five stationary tanks and 13 mobile trucks would continue to provide safe drinking water until the water tested safe for consumption.

Police reinforcements had been called into the area to stop residents from crossing the M14 to fetch water from nearby factories.

They were also controlling the distribution of water from tankers.

According to the 2001 census, Diepsloot covers an area of 8.58km and had a population of 50 000. The majority of the community speaks Sepedi or isiZulu.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-19 18:14

    Apparently the contamination is e-coli.

      mollie.kruger - 2012-04-19 20:02

      Sure it it not e-tagi?

  • Rob - 2012-04-19 18:15

    How complex can it be for crying out loud. You have water, a pipe and a tap! What`s so difficult to understand about that?

      Ian - 2012-04-19 18:27

      Exactly. Suck it from the dam, clean it and send it to the taps. It's complex because the 'government' has not maintained the water purification systems since apartheid, obviously they believed that the previous regime had nothing to do with clean water, it just 'happened'.

      Oscar - 2012-04-19 18:44

      Took the words out of my mouth, shyte in one pipe and water in the other pipe. First its complex then a challenge then a struggle then a revolution then....just fix the damn pipes.

      mollie.kruger - 2012-04-19 20:08

      It is not possible to suck the water back out of the system. The only way to clean the system from contaminated water is by consumers allowing water to run out of all their taps until the contaminated water has been flushed.

  • neo.mokami - 2012-04-19 18:24

    \Complex\ will be the fall of this government.

  • adam - 2012-04-19 18:28

    The BEE sewerage is not compatible with the AA water.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-19 18:47

    Apart from anything else, this just highlights how ill-prepared Water Affairs (or whatever it's called) is to deal with such situations. Even if it HAS to take this long, where's the disaster plan, where's the communication to the people? When you have to call in police to stop people from accessing what is a basic human right, you have failed.

      Sharon - 2012-04-19 21:45

      Better yet, where are the people capable of fixing this problem?

  • braamc - 2012-04-19 19:11

    What she says is that the tenderpreneur is not capable of fixing it, it also haven't seen an upgrade since before 1994, surprised, eish, now let us Rejoice, me Rejoice

      Murechen - 2012-04-20 08:37

      Agree with you the system has not been properly maintained or upgrade.

  • Cornerhousecarwash - 2012-04-19 19:28

    They can survive we had this problem in Vaalbank for past ten years and no one sees anything wrong about.

  • Julio - 2012-04-19 19:30

    Eish we have a proeblem. This minister sounds very confused. "The complexity to rectify this situation is well understood due to the magnitude of the network, the flushing process, and related engineering and scientific processes," w.t.f.?

      Oscar - 2012-04-19 19:37

      I assume English is her eleventh language because F knows she sounds stupid.

      adam - 2012-04-20 06:45

      Julio, may be she forgot apply her mind, before she opened the mouth.

      Tgif - 2012-04-20 11:54

      The old Bell curve syndrome will haunt these people in charge forever

  • Trevor - 2012-04-19 20:01

    Address it....????? FIX IT...and drop the stupid E-TAG...already there's talk SADF can't save the country from attacks.....we sure going down the tubes...FAST

  • Elkita - 2012-04-19 20:42

    Every thing is complexed to the anc.Just look at the country.Vote for another party please.Vote this time for a party with brains.They are all in jobs they know nothing about,just look at zuma....

  • adam - 2012-04-20 06:41

    I think they are waiting for a better pay back, before they give the tender.

  • Den - 2012-04-20 09:38

    EISH!!! we have yet to work out how the white man made these things work

  • Den - 2012-04-20 09:39

    must be hard living in a world thats just so complex..

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-20 13:08

    We don't know what to do. All we know is how to make money and live easy, so the problem is complex, very complex. Get a life.

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