After the KykNET eNuus report on Mogale City’s water system on the night of Wednesday, 8 November, confusion arose among Mogale City’s residents.
In light of a recent article regarding the drinking water in Mogale City, Deon Lotz, a 40-year resident of Muldersdrift, contacted the News in response to the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) statement.
According to Jacques Hoon, leader of the DA Mogale Caucus, who featured in the programme, a huge misconception formed among the viewers.
Read the initial article here: [JUST IN] Water contamination – false alarm
Shortly thereafter the DA informed Krugersdorp residents that there was, in fact, no contamination of the drinking water in Mogale City.
Even though Lotz agrees with most of the statement, he raised his concern regarding a few of the points made by Hoon.
“I agree that Mogale City receives its drinking water directly from Rand Water from a reservoir situated in Kenmare. However, this excludes those of us that live in former Peri-Urban areas where we rely on borehole water for our water needs,” he said.
“The fact that there is no contamination in the water due to raw sewage only pertains to those that use the water supplied by Rand Water – and not to those of us with contaminated ground water due to the sewage spills.”
He went on to say he has to buy water for drinking and food preparation.
“Our records show that there are 34 000 CFU (colony-forming units of e-Coli) per 100ml of our water, instead of the acceptable limit of 1 000 CFU of e-Coli per 100ml,” Lotz explained.
He is now arranging for an independent laboratory to test some submitted water samples.
According to Hoon, the leak that occurred earlier this year was not nearly enough to contaminate any water.
“It is impossible for any sewage to contaminate underground water as it first filters through the ground resulting in clean, uncontaminated water,” he explained.
He went on to say that should more Muldersdrift residents come forward with the same problem, an inspection would be conducted by testing the water and acting accordingly.
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