Murky, smelly tap water in the north

Murky brown water from taps. Photo: Supplied

“It’s been four months since we’ve reported a water leak, but nothing is being done about it,” said angry Pretoria North resident Estelle Boyder.

Boyder is one of several residents from Pretoria North, Dorandia and Magalieskruin who have been reporting various water leaks and burst pipes to the municipality, without any of the problems getting fixed.

Meanwhile, others have been complaining about filthy, smelly water from their taps.

Ward councillors in the area said not all water leaks could be repaired immediately because of a lack of resources and metro repair teams.

“Water leaks and bursting pipes remain the biggest concern,” said DA ward councillor Marnette Sutherland.

Residents from Doornpoort, Montana and parts of Akasia also reported murky brown water, with a strong odour, coming out of their taps this past week.

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“Tshwane metro assured us our water is safe for consumption, but I find that hard to believe,” said resident Karla Erasmus.

She shared pictures of her brown tap water with Rekord, saying she would not feel safe bathing in the water, “let alone drinking it”.

Tshwane metro issued a statement that the smelly water was “caused by the warm weather”.

“An earthy compound called geosmin has been detected in the drinking water supplied to residents,” the statement read.

“However, the substance is not harmful to human health.”

The statement, issued by the water and sanitation department, went on to explain that water sources such as the Vaal Dam may experience “increased densities of blue-green algae” during warm weather.

“This results in the unwelcome taste and odour of the drinking water,” said the statement.

“Taste and odour problems were not unique to Rand Water, but experienced worldwide.

“The city is committed to providing services of high quality and to ensure that the health of residents is not compromised.”

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