Deadly bacteria found in 'Bloemhof Dam'

Bacteria in the Lekwa-Teemane Dam has already killed three and left five others in hosptial.

FILE IMAGE: Bacteria in the Lekwa-Teemane Dam has already killed three and left five others in hosptial. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department has confirmed bacteria was detected in the Lekwa-Teemane Municipal Dam in Bloemhof, which is believed to have caused widespread diarrhoea in the area.

But the department says reports of a cholera outbreak remain unverified.

Three babies died while five others were hospitalised last week after drinking contaminated water.

Authorities say further tests are being conducted and a report will be released soon.

Department spokesperson Nomvula Khalo says, "Cholera is not a problem, but bacteria was found in the water. That bacteria is being tested and the results will be issued during the week, just to make sure we know what it is."