A recent analysis carried out by the South African Government has revealed that the country is at risk from polluted water resources and supply, which is responsible for the current cholera outbreak in the country.
The test sample of the country’s water system conducted by the Department of Water and Sanitation showed that over 60 systems, 41% of the sample had contaminated water, 13% had poor water quality which didn’t meet the clean water standards.
Another indication showed that the South Africa’s Water system required urgent attention in other to curtail the increasing illness and death rate in the country.
In another sample, 11 out of 140 municipalities accessed, proved that they had no water quality monitoring system or availability of water testing equipment, and this, according to the Green Drop Audit standards, poses a huge risk to public and environmental health.
The South Africa’s Wastewater Treatment reported that ;
The North West province had the highest case of proportion of water waste treatment works at critical risk of 60%.
North Cape had 59% and Free State 44%, Limpopo recorded 38% of its plants and very high risk. In conclusion, half of the facilities are in very bad condition and required urgent attention.
The water condition is the cause of the recent Cholera outbreak in Gauteng and Free State Provinces that had called on the Government’s intervention.
The Department of Water and Sanitation has proposed the improvement of a Water Partnership Office as an attempt to restore better water quality in the country for Public consumption.
The Initiative is currently under development, however, the Government will have to build the trust of private institutions before they will be willing to invest in water infrastructure projects in the Country.