Dirty water in Hammanskraal – again

Hammanskraal residents had dirty water running from their taps at the weekend.

The area north of the city has been plagued by water problems since the Rooiwal water treatment plant – which supplies the area with water – was declared a disaster area in 2011 by the department of water affairs.

Last year, the situation worsened when residents got water soiled with faeces and some residents complained that the water “foamed” when it was boiled.

Resident Tshepiso Shabangu said the water coming out of taps on Sunday was discoloured.

“We didn’t have water in Hammanskraal from Saturday and when it came back yesterday, it was brown.

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“I had to go fetch water from our relative in the neighbouring area and their water was clean.

“If it’s not water cuts, then it’s dirty water,” said Shabangu.

Tshwane metro issued a R2-billion tender last year for the revitalisation of the Rooiwal water works, which had been identified as the cause of dirty water supply in Hammanskraal.

City mayor Solly Msimanga said the money would be used to clean and reconstruct the plant.

Tshwane metro could not be reached for comment at the time of going to print.


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