Warning on small town tap water

Cape Town – Thabazimbi Local Municipality in Limpopo, which includes the towns of Thabazimbi , Northam, Setaria, Amandelbult, Swartklip, Leeupoort, Rooiberg, Koedoeskop, Dwaalboom and Schilpadnest, is amongst the 14 municipalities in seven provinces, who has been red-flagged by Water affairs where residents were warned not to drink untreated tap water.

According to the 2012 Blue Drop report, released by Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Monday, the warning remains in place until the management of the affected municipalities communicated otherwise.

The warning states : “Residents and visitors are hereby warned not to consume the tap water supplied in these towns without some form of acceptable disinfecting treatment at home [boiling or the addition of bleach],” the report states.


In reaction to the report the Manager Technical Services of Thabazimbi Municipality stated that it should be noted that the drinking water for all their supplier zones have not failed monthly sampling results tested by Waterlab during 2011. “Our tap water therefore remains safe despite the fact that the Municipality achieved a low Blue Drop Certification in the last 2 years. We hope to achieve 85% and above during the 2012 assessment,” he said.