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MOSSEL BAY’S WATER QUALITY REMAINS TOPS

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26 February 2014

MOSSEL BAY’S WATER QUALITY REMAINS TOPS

The Mossel Bay Municipality continues to maintain excellent drinking water quality standards as evidenced by the results achieved in terms of the SANS 241-2013 standard for the Department of Water Affairs’ 2014 Blue Drop evaluation. Three of the Municipality’s biggest water purification plants received scores of 100%, while the other four achieved between 93% and 99%.
The tests measured microbiological, chemical and physical compliance. The Little Brak River, Sandhoogte and Ruiterbos plants received scores of 100% each, while Great Brak River and Friemersheim scored 99% each. Herbertsdale scored 97% and Lodewyks Tank scored 93%. The Little Brak River, Sandhoogte and Great Brak River plants together serve most of the Mossel Bay municipal area.
With the exception of the Herbertsdale plant, which scored 96%, all the plants achieved scores of 100% for microbiological compliance. The lower percentage scored by Herbertsdale was due to the higher pH content found in the water of one of the three boreholes that feed the pump station.
The scores were all also achieved despite the added complication of having to purify Cape Brown Mountain Water. The water derives its colour from organic material in mountain streams. Although there is nothing wrong with the water and it is drinkable, the colour is removed because of public scepticism about the quality of the water.
The plant at Great Brak River is the biggest plant by far and is able to purify up to 45 million litres of water a day. It helps the Municipality to cope with the increased demand during peak seasons.
The processes and plants receive ongoing attention in order to improve them further. Processes are monitored telemetrically and the latest technology in switchgear is installed. The volumes of water that are lost during the purification processes as well as silt reduction has also been reduced significantly.
The Municipality also requests the public to bring any water problems of a continuous or repetitive nature to the attention of the Technical Services Directorate of the Municipality.
Members of the public who are interested in joining short guided tours of the Municipality’s water purification or waste water treatment plants are welcome to contact Eric Louw at telephone (044) 606-5270 or Geoffrey Bredenkamp at (044) 606-5268.

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The table below shows the scores achieved at the various water purification plants.

SANS 241 - 2011 (Drinking Water) Little Brak River Sandhoogte Great Brak River Friemersheim Ruiterbos Herbertsdale Lodewyks Tank Overall Compliance 100 100 99 99 100 97 93 Physical Compliance 100 100 98 96 100 94 81 Chemical Compliance 100 100 99 100 100 100 97 Microbiological Compliance 100 100 100 100 100 96 100