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AfriForum announces Limpopo’s blue and green drop results

May 15, 2018 deur Natasha Venter

AfriForum tested the water of various towns in Limpopo during April 2018 to determine the quality of these towns’ drinking (blue drop status) and sewage (green drop status) water.

“We could establish that the drinking water of every town, except Ellisras, complied with the minimum standards and didn’t contain any harmful bacteria. AfriForum’s local structure in Ellisras will continuously test the water quality after high readings of E. coli were taken. It contains a lot of negative consequences for residents consuming contaminated water. It is our duty to place pressure on the authorities to ensure that the drinking water is not only clean, but also up to standard,” says Jaco Grobbelaar, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for Limpopo.

Blue drop results

These results indicate that the drinking water of most of the towns in Limpopo is clean.

 

Limpopo
Branch Municipality AfriForum blue drop 2016 AfriForum blue drop 2017 AfriForum blue drop 2018
Warmbaths Bela-Bela LM Clean Clean Clean
Nylstroom Lim 368 LM Clean Clean Clean
Naboomspruit Lim 368 LM Clean Clean Clean
Vaalwater Lim 368 LM Clean Clean
Ellisras Lephalale LM Clean Eight units E. coli per 100 ml High E. coli count
Louis Trichardt Makhado LM Clean Clean   Clean
Tzaneen Greater Tzaneen LM Clean Clean Clean
Haenertsburg Greater Tzaneen LM Clean Clean
Phalaborwa Ba-Phalaborwa LM Clean Clean Clean
Groblersdal Elias Motsoaledi LM Clean Clean Clean
Pietersburg Polokwane LM Clean Clean Clean
Potgietersrus Mogalakwena LM Clean
Marble Hall Ephraim Mogale LM Clean Clean Clean

 

Green drop results

According to AfriForum’s green drop results, the sewage water of seven of the towns does not comply with the stipulated microbiological standards.

 

Limpopo
Branch Municipality AfriForum green drop 2016 AfriForum green drop 2017 AfriForum green drop 2018
Warmbaths Bela-Bela LM
Nylstroom Lim 368 LM >1 000 >1 000 >100 000
Naboomspruit Lim 368 LM >100 000
Vaalwater Lim 368 LM

 

Ellisras Lephalale LM High phosphate count >15 000 High phosphate and E. coli count >100 000 per 100 ml
Louis Trichardt Makhado LM >1 000
Tzaneen Greater Tzaneen LM Clean Clean Clean
Haenertsburg Greater Tzaneen LM
Phalaborwa Ba-Phalaborwa LM High phosphate and E. coli count >100 000 per 100 ml
Groblersdal Elias Motsoaledi LM >1 000
Marble Hall Ephraim Mogale LM 17 000

 

“AfriForum’s national blue and green drop project focuses on the state of towns’ drinking water and sewage plants. This project doesn’t necessarily focus on the state of the plant itself, but rather on the quality of the water being supplied after the process as end product in the form of drinking water (blue drop) and treated sewage water (green drop),” concludes Grobbelaar.

AfriForum requests the residents of Limpopo to give the organisation the mandate to continuously monitor the quality of water. SMS “Skoon water” to 45340 and add your support to this action. Each SMS costs R1.