20 in hospital after drinking Bloemhof water

20 babies have been hospitalised after drinking contaminated water from the town's water supply.

20 babies have been hospitalised after drinking contaminated water from the town's water supply. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - More than 20 babies in Bloemhof in the North West have been admitted for medical treatment since it emerged some water supplies in the town have been contaminated.

A total of three babies died after consuming contaminated water in the Boitumelong Township.

Yesterday a municipal manager was suspended over the debacle.

The North West health department's Tebogo Lekgethwane said, "We believe they are in a stable condition and they will be discharged soon."

Meanwhile, The North West Health Department said it expects to receive results confirming the source of a water contamination in Bloemhof Dam by the end of this week.

Lekgethwane said cholera has been ruled out for now.