The Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, met with City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg Water to discuss the Diepsloot drinking water situation. The objective of this was to evaluate the cause, the current status, the rectification process and prevention plans. Mabudafhasi said the situation in Diepsloot is being addressed well within the water safety planning process and incident management protocol. “As the regulatory authority of the sector, the department is satisfied regulatory requirements are met and that adequate processes are in place to ensure safe water supply is restored as soon as possible,” Mabudafhasi added.
Furthermore, Mobudafhasi said the rectification process is taking relatively long since it is the Government’s endeavour to protect the livelihood and health of the Diepsloot community. “The complexity to rectify this situation is well understood due to the magnitude of the network, the flushing process, and related engineering and scientific processes. The interventions implemented so far stemming from these processes have shown significant improvement in terms of quality, but the caution of non-compliance with national standards as yet, remains. The water sample drawn through the flushing process was taken to the lab and this process takes 18- 22 hours to mature.” said the deputy minister.
With that said, community members are warned not to use the water for drinking and cooking as yet, but they can use the water for sanitation purposes. It is only the residents living in Extension Two who can use the tap water because the pipeline in the area was not affected. In the meantime, Mabudafhasi said the department plans to monitor the situation, in hopes the network will be stabilised as soon as possible.