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Johannesburg - Johannesburg Water is flushing out hydrant pipes in the North Riding area as a precautionary measure as it still awaits for laboratory tests from some areas due on Friday afternoon.

Joburg Water’s Isaac Dhludhlu of Joburg Water, said however, lab results received on Thursday night of samples taken from seven hydrants in the reticulation found that no e-coli or coliform bacteria was found in the samples taken at the following addresses: 
Chicken Farm, Boundary Road, 349 and 351 Spionskop Road, Northriding and Plot 18, Northern Works

The test comply with South African National Standards 241, he said.

“We are still waiting for the final results of the second round of tests from the hydrants in the reticulation. Preliminary results indicated that one of the seven hydrants need to be retested and the final results should be available late tomorrow afternoon. We are, however, busy flushing the system as a precautionary measure. This is to ensure that we satisfy ourselves and  comply with the laws,” he said.

The possible contamination resulted from damage to a sewer pipe while a team of workers from Joburg Water attempted to repair a water pipe.

The sewer pipe and the water pipe lie opposite each other and are only a meter or two apart, so when the workers were digging with the machine, they accidentally broke the sewer pipe,” Dhludhlu said.

Greater North Riding residents are free to use the water. Water tankers are still available on Boundary Road, Aureole Avenue and Spionskop Road, as an alternative water supply.

The possible contamination resulted from damage to a sewer pipe while a team of workers from Joburg Water attempted to repair a water pipe.

“In those holes, the sewer pipe and the water pipe sit opposite each other and are a meter or two apart, so when they were digging with the machine they managed to touch the sewer pipe,” Dhludhlu said.

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