PRETORIA - Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa on Tuesday said her department will push municipal authorities and mines to clean up the water catchment area affecting Carolina.
The Mpumalanga town and surrounding townships have been without drinkable water since January, after mine seepage polluted the local water source.
The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday ordered the Gretz Sibande District Municipality to develop a long term solution to the problem.
Molewa said her department’s investigation revealed the extent of the pollution at the town’s dam.
"Those metals have actually settled at that dam, underneath, and we have to get them cleaned."
She said water from the taps was now fit for drinking.
Legal Resource Centre, the organisation that took the matter to court, said provincial government must still implement the short term water supply measures ordered by the court.
An attorney for the centre, Naseema Fakir, said “We are still of the view that within 72 hours, tankers and water is going to be needed and provided to residents because we don’t think the tap water will be sufficient.”
Judge Moses Mavundla ordered the municipality to return to court in August, to explain what measures they put in place to address the issue.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)