AfriForum took water samples on Monday, 25 May at the Hoërskool Sarel Cilliers and the Dibaseholo Primary School in Koppies. This followed after AfriForum received numerous complaints from disgruntled residents about the town’s water quality.
“It was concluded that a high percentage of nitrate is present in the water that is possibly too dangerous for human consumption. The two water samples were analysed by a SANAS accredited laboratory,” said Lambert de Klerk, Assistant Coordinator at AfriForum.
Members of the community allege that a number of pupils got sick as a result of the contaminated water. Residents also said that the water was yellowish brown in colour for almost a week.
“It is unacceptable that the health of the community is in question due to poor drinking water quality. The municipality must be held responsible for the people getting sick and must immediately make plan to improve the quality,” added De Klerk.
AfriForum has given the municipality 48 hours to supply the people with clean water.
“If our follow-up tests prove that the water is still contaminated, we will open a criminal charge against the Municipal Manager,” concluded De Klerk.