Ham­man­skraal wa­ter ‘safe for con­sump­tion’

Pretoria News - - METRO - RAPULA MOATSHE rapula.moatshe@inl.co.za

THE QUAL­ITY of wa­ter in Ham­man­skraal had tremen­dously im­proved from its poor sta­tus since Au­gust and was now good for hu­man con­sump­tion, said AfriFo­rum.

The lat­est re­sults were re­leased fol­low­ing wa­ter sam­ples taken for lab­o­ra­tory test by the civil rights group two weeks ago.

Jaco Grobbe­laar, fo­rum district co-or­di­na­tor for Greater Pre­to­ria, said the lat­est test came out pos­i­tive, prov­ing that wa­ter in the area was drink­able.

“The wa­ter is rel­a­tively clean and there is no E. Coli in the wa­ter. It looks fine and it looks as if the wa­ter is sorted and it is safe for hu­man con­sump­tion,” he said.

The re­sults have, how­ever, pit­ted the civil rights group against the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion, which dis­cour­aged res­i­dents from us­ing the wa­ter.

Depart­ment spokesper­son Sput­nik Ratau said: “We can’t com­ment on that be­cause they didn’t con­duct the test to­gether with us. We don’t know where they took them to and so on. It is dif­fi­cult for us to re­ally say any­thing.

“We can’t vouch for them and we can’t deny them. We are out of the loop. They did that on their own.”

He said the depart­ment would stick to its pro­cesses with the City of Tsh­wane to solve the wa­ter prob­lem around Ham­man­skraal.

“Un­til such time that we are con­vinced the test re­sults are com­ing from a rep­utable lab like we did with the CSIR, we would re­ally like to stand by the caution to res­i­dents not to con­sume the wa­ter.”

The City’s Util­ity Ser­vices mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee, Abel Tau, was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment, but had pre­vi­ously warned res­i­dents against drink­ing the wa­ter.

Grobbe­laar told the Pre­to­ria News that AfriFo­rum ap­proached the SA Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, re­quest­ing it to in­ves­ti­gate why res­i­dents had ex­pe­ri­enced wa­ter out­ages for a long pe­riod of time re­cently.

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