JOHANNESBURG - The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Monday they had issued a letter of demand to the City of Tshwane calling for immediate action on the substandard potable water supplied by Magalies Water to Hammanskraal residents.
“Outa instructed an independent SANAS (South African National Accreditation System)-accredited water laboratory to conduct a random water sample in Hammanskraal. The results indicate that the water is not fit for consumption. The sample was taken on 5 July 2019 at the Hammanskraal Metro Police regional office in Region 2,” said Outa's operations executive Julius Kleynhans.
Outa said the community of Hammanskraal recently approached them to monitor the quality of their potable water to Magalies Water Board and the City of Tshwane because of concerns over water safety.
“The water quality is worse than in December 2018 when the community raised the same concerns. We call on Tshwane to take urgent action on this matter,” said Kleynhans.
The organisation said the results indicated high concentrations of nitrites (NO₂) and nitrates (NO₃) which posed a chronic health risk to some babies.