Madibeng residents urged to boil tap water

Madibeng Mayor Sophie Molokoane-Machika said on Friday a warning to residents in the municipality to boil...

Water goes through a purification process at a sewerage plant near Hartbeespoort Dam. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/EWN

Madibeng Mayor Sophie Molokoane-Machika said on Friday a warning to residents in the municipality to boil tap water before consumption was a precautionary measure.

A notice was issued that tap water drawn from the Hartbeespoort Dam should not be consumed before it was boiled but the mayor said this did not mean it was unsafe.

Last month, more than two million litres of raw sewerage spilled into the dam on a daily basis for several weeks.

She said a sludge build-up in reservoirs caused a discoloration of the water supply. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

She added the tanks would be cleaned soon which meant water supply would be cut off for a few hours.

The mayor gave the assurance pollution caused by last month’s sewerage spill was being dealt with.