AfriForum welcomes the Department of Water and Sanitation’s announcement on 29 June during a webinar that it would be resuming the publication of its Blue and Green Drop report for municipalities to ascertain the quality of water and water infrastructure.
AfriForum has been publishing its own blue and green drop report since 2013 because the DWS ceased to publish its own reports. The civil rights organisation requested the DWS each year to publish the official report once again.
“The most important question that arises is whether municipalities who have been polluting water resources openly would start taking any responsibility. The Department will have to start showing its teeth and biting where they can by prosecuting offending municipalities criminally,” says Lambert de Klerk, AfriForum’s Manager for Environmental Affairs.
AfriForum’s national blue and green drop project focuses on the quality of the drinking water and sewage of towns and cities. The project does not necessarily focus on the condition of sewage plants, but rather on the quality of water that is released as end-product in the form of either drinking water (blue drop) or treated sewage (green water).
AfriForum is currently involved in the annual testing of blue and green drop water. The results will be made available soon.