South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) wants City of Tshwane and water regulators to check water quality supplied to communities from the Bronkhorstspruit Water Treatment Plant.
City of Tshwane had to recently shut down the water treatment plant and its ailing infrastructure due to poor water quality.
The SAHRC has now ordered the municipality and water regulators to test the water quality at the plant and ensure it's safe for human consumption.
“It has been brought to our attention that the city has started supplying water to the communities and this started on Sunday. We are however concerned that this water may still not be safe for human consumption and that is why we insist on the city to test this water together with the water regulator to ensure that the water is safe for consumption,” said SAHRC's Gauteng provincial manager, Buang Jones.
This is the second water treatment plant in Tshwane found to have been processing dirty and unsafe water to community members. The Temba Water Purification Plant was also shut down for a week in August this year.
The acting divisional head for bulk water and wastewater services for Tshwane, David Ntsowe, said about R2-million is allocated for maintenance and it's not enough for the ailing infrastructure at the plant.
“The money allocated for maintenance is not sufficient based on the equipment that we have and the kind of work that we need to do. We need to perform preventative maintenance equipment and also react to breakdowns. We make it stretch as far as possible and we make sure we maintain the equipment the best way we can,” said Ntsowe.
The City of Tshwane said it cost over R6-million to supply water tankers for Hammanskraal in August.