The city of Tswane has reportedly conducted water quality tests in some areas which came back clean, however according to the city’s spokesperson Sipho Stuurman further tests still need to be conducted.Water quality tests were conducted in Bronkhorstspruit, Zithobeni, and Rethabiseng. Initial testing shows that the water is clear, but Stuurman asserts they have more samples being tested. The good news is that preliminary testing shows no E. coli has been detected.
“Once we have the final results, an informed decision will then be made particularly if it is found that the water quality does not meet the required standards. We are monitoring the matter closely and we will continue to update residents on developments,” said Stuurman.A report by MSN revealed that this isn’t the first time that water quality in Tshwane has been questioned, in the previous year the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) found that freshwater sources in Tshwane, including the Hennops River and Roodeplaat Dam, are being polluted with untreated and partially treated sewage and sludge. “Fauna and flora are dying or growing at an unhealthy rate, further polluting the water. People and animals who drink the water are vulnerable to illnesses such as bilharzia, cholera and hepatitis. Such exposure renders those most vulnerable like the elderly, children, and those who are ill, even more at risk of adverse health conditions,” the report revealed.