AfriForum this year tested the water of various towns in the Western Cape to determine the quality of this town’s drinking water (blue drop status) and sewage water (green drop status).
“We could determine that the drinking water in all of the towns in the Western Cape 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 Johardt van Heerden, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the Boland region.
Blue drop results
These results indicate that the drinking water of all the towns of the Westerns Towns that were tested, is clean.
Green drop results
According to AfriForum’s green drop results 17 sewage treatment plants that were tested do not comply with the prescribed microbiological standards.
The civil rights organisation voiced its concern over sewage treatment plants in the municipalities that do not comply with the prescribed standards, namely Bitterfontein, Bredasdorp, De Doorns, Gansbaai, George, Bellville, Kraaifontein, Scotssdene, Mosselbaai, Nuwerus, Oudtshoorn, Robertson, Stilbaai, Vanrhynsdorp, Velddrif en Wellington.“. “We will further investigate the non-compliance and act where necessary,” says Van Heerden.
“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 Van Heerden.
AfriForum requests the DWS every year to compile a blue and green drop report and welcomes the fact that the Department earlier this year announced that it will again compile their blue and green drop report to determine the water and infrastructure quality of the country. As soon as the Department publishes their report, AfriForum will carefully work through and monitor it.
As the custodian of water the Department does not fulfil its obligation to enforce legislation when municipal authorities are the guilty parties. It is of the utmost importance that we continue to test the quality of drinking water and treated sewage water. We have to protect this vital important source.
AfriForum requests residents of the Western Cape to give this organisation a mandate to continuously monitor the water quality. SMS “Clean water” to 45350 (R1) and support this action.
 ppm: parts per million