Martedì, 09 Febbraio 2016 16:11 | Water safe for human consumption - Limpopo municipality

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Johannesburg - The Mookgophong Municipality in Limpopohas denied that drinking water in the area is unsafe, after the Blue DropCertification Programme report gave them a very low rating.

Spokesperson Naphthaly Tlhoaela maintained

that drinkingwater was safe for human consumption, because the municipality had conductedmonthly tests to verify the quality of the water coming from the dams.

Tlhoaela said the report from the Blue Drop CertificationProgramme was from 2014, and was only released in December 2015.

The municipality was still waiting for the Department ofWater and Sanitation to start the 2015 assessments, which normally started inAugust, he said.

The Blue Drop Certification Programme report for 2014revealed that some water service authorities and water service providers weresupplying "low quality water".
In the report, the Mookgophong municipality scored the lowest, with 26%, followedby the Vhembe district municipality at 39%.

A percentage lower than 33% on the Blue Drop performancerating indicated that urgent intervention was required to ensure drasticimprovement, to the point where the public and Department of Water Affairs andForestry could have confidence in the manner water quality was beingmanaged.

"Till now we have appointed new officials that aremore than capable to ensure that the water is drinkable for our people,"Tlhoaela said.

The Blue Drop Certification Programme was a legislativerequirement to ensure that suitable monitoring programmes were in place tomonitor water quality.

Tlhoaela said, although some residents in Mookgophong hadexpressed concern over the quality of drinking water, there was no reason forit.

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