Safe Drinking Water South Africa – What Makes Our Municipal Water Safe To Drink?
Safe drinking water is treated water that has been tested for harmful and potentially harmful substances and has met or exceeded drinking water quality standards. Drinking water in South Africa is considered safe when taken from the tap or faucet – in fact our tap water is said to be some of the safest and cleanest in the world.
The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry recently stated that the country’s national standard compares well with the World Health Organisation’s standards.
The responsibility to provide clean water rests with locally-based Water Services Authorities, who regularly monitor the quality of drinking water in South Africa.
Tap water undergoes treatment which ensures it is free of harmful micro-organisms and contaminants. In some areas, South African drinking water is rich in minerals, and may involve a bit of getting used to.
Read more about what it takes to get bulk water to our taps in this article (LINK).
But what about the water quality since the water crisis hit us?
“The recent water crisis and its effect on our tap water; water has become a scarce resource in South Africa and it is common knowledge that all water sources need to be protected and preserved. The recent water crisis in the Western Cape has seen dam levels fall to a meagre 9% at the worst of the drought. This definitely makes you wonder about the quality of our drinking water.
According to experts, South Africa’s drinking water is not being sanitised correctly and is being polluted by litter and sewage etc. This may come as a shock as SA was known to have ‘top level quality’ drinking water compared to the rest of the world. However, this was over a decade ago and our water quality has dropped significantly.
A recent study shows that our water has dropped in quality by 8% mainly due to filtration procedures and processes. This functionality is due to the 45% of sewerage plants that do not function adequately resulting in the pollution of drinking water from spills.
In Gauteng the Vaal Dam is known to be the source of drinking water to many residents, but this water consists of water from many rivers that have not been tested or treated. These rivers and other bodies of water that lead into dams are known to have medical waste dumped into them.
The cumulative effect of pollution of current water sources as well as the water crisis is resulting in what scientists call a slow disaster.”
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h/t to businessessentials.co.za for the great info!