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AfriForum tested the water of various towns in Gauteng from August to October 2020 to determine the quality of this town’s drinking water (blue drop status) and sewage water (green drop status).

This project was even more important this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and research that shows that this virus could be traced in sewage systems, meaning that one can identify focus points.

“We could determine that the drinking water in the following areas in Gauteng complies with the minimum standards and does not contain harmful bacteria. AfriForum will continuously test the water quality because residents have a constitutional right to clean drinking water,” says Dewet Ungerer, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the West Rand.

Blue drop results

These results indicate that the drinking water of all the towns of Gauteng that were tested, is clean.

Table 1: Blue drop results 2013–2020

Alberton (Randhart)Ekurhuleni MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
Apies RiverTshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
BedfordviewEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanCleanClean
BenoniEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
BoksburgEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanCleanClean
BrakpanEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanCleanClean
BronkhorstspruitTshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanClean
Centurion (central)Tshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
Centurion (south)Tshwane MetroCleanCleanClean
Centurion (west)Tshwane MetroCleanCleanClean
CullinanTshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
EdenvaleEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanCleanClean
ElsburgEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanClean
FochvilleMerafong City LMCleanClean
FloridaJohannesburg MetroCleanClean
GermistonEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanClean
HeidelbergLesedi LMCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
Hennops River ValleyTshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
RoodepoortJohannesburg MetroCleanCleanClean
KameeldriftTshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanClean
Kempton ParkEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
KrugersdorpMogale City LMCleanCleanClean
LochvaalEmfuleni LMCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
MagaliesburgMogale City LMClean CleanCleanClean
Meyers ParkTshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
MeyertonMidvaal LMCleanCleanCleanClean
MootTshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
NigelEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
Pretoria NorthTshwane MetroCleanCleanClean
Pretoria East (Garsfontein)Tshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
Pretoria East (Moreleta Park)Tshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanClean
Pretoria East (Waterkloof)Tshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanClean
Pretoria WestTshwane MetroHigh phenol and chromium concentrationsCleanCleanCleanClean
PrimroseEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanClean
RandburgJohannesburg MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
RandfonteinRand West City LMCleanClean
RaytonTshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
SpringsEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
TedstonevilleEkurhuleni MetroCleanClean
VanderbijlparkEmfuleni LMCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
Vanderbijlpark SouthEmfuleni LMCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
Vanderbijlpark WestEmfuleni LMCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
VereenigingEmfuleni LMCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
WaverleyTshwane MetroCleanCleanClean
West MootTshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
WestonariaRand West City LMCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
ZambeziTshwane MetroCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanCleanClean
Tuks campusUniversity of PretoriaCleanCleanCleanCleanClean

Green drop results

According to AfriForum’s green drop results 13 out of the 15 sewage treatment plants that were tested do not comply with the prescribed microbiological standards.

Table 2: Green drop results for Gauteng (2013–2020)

Alberton (ERWAT Dekema)Ekurhuleni Metro3 900CleanCleanClean
Apies River (Rooiwal)Tshwane Metro77 00085 000Clean2 00015 000>100 000>100 000>10 000
BenoniEkurhuleni MetroCleanClean
BrakpanEkurhuleni Metro>2 500CleanClean
Bronkhorstspruit (Godrich)Tshwane Metro2 000>100 000>100 000>10 000
Centurion (Suiderland)Tshwane MetroCleanClean10 000100 0005 500>100 000>100 000>10 000
Cullinan (Cullinan)Tshwane MetroCleanCleanClean2 400>10 000>10 000>10 000
EdenvaleEkurhuleni Metro>10 000>10 000
ElsburgEkurhuleni MetroCleanClean
GermistonEkurhuleni MetroCleanClean
HeidelbergLesedi LMCleanClean>3 000Clean>1000>1 000
RoodepoortRand West DMCleanAccess refused
Kameeldrift (Baviaanspoort)Tshwane Metro>10 000>100 000>10 000
Kempton ParkEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanClean>1 000
MagaliesburgMogale City LMCleanAccess refused
MidvaalMidvaal LM      >15 000Clean
NigelEkurhuleni MetroCleanCleanHigh concentration faecal coliform bacteria>3 000
Pretoria West (Daspoort)Tshwane Metro12 00015 000>10 000>10 000>10 000
PrimroseEkurhuleni MetroCleanClean
RandfonteinRandfontein LM>4 000E. coli >4 000>1 000
SpringsEkurhuleni MetroCleanClean2 000>2 000E. coli >5 000>5 000Clean
Vanderbijlpark (Leeukuil)Emfuleni LMCleanCleanClean>1 000>100 000[1]>10 000>1 000
Vanderbijlpark (Rietspruit)Emfuleni LM>100 000>50 000>1 000
Vanderbijlpark (Sebokeng)Emfuleni LM>100 000>50 000>10 000
VereenigingEmfuleni LMCleanCleanCleanClean>1 000
WestonariaRand West City LMClean2 500CleanClean>10 000

The civil rights organisation voiced its concern over sewage treatment plants in the municipalities that do not comply with the prescribed standards. “We will further investigate the non-compliance and act where necessary,” says Stephanus Blignault, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the East Rand

“AfriForum’s national blue and green drop project focuses on the state of drinking water and sewage treatment plants in towns. This project does not necessarily focus on the condition of the plant itself, but rather on the quality of the water that is supplied after this process as the end product in the form of drinking water and treated sewage water,” concludes Blignault.

As the custodian of water, the Department of Water and Sanitation does not fulfil its obligation to enforce legislation when municipal authorities are the guilty parties.

AfriForum requests residents of Gauteng to give the organisation a mandate to continuously monitor the water quality. SMS “Clean water” to 45341 (R1) and support this action.

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