SA tap water among best in world – “Ethekwini Metro (98.77 percent) was fourth, followed by Tlokwe local municipality in North West province (98.45 percent), the City of Cape Town (98.14 percent) and Bitou in the Western Cape (97.74 percent). Eighth was Witzenberg local municipality in the Western Cape, with 97.63 percent and, in ninth and tenth place respectively were the Randfontein local municipality in Gauteng (97.54 percent) and the George local municipality (97.41 percent)
“BITOU IS TOPS IN SAFE WATER CATEGORY IN SA!”
Now in its fourth year, the department’s incentive-based assessment programme is aimed at testing the quality of drinking water provided by municipalities and water authorities.
Blue Drop certification goes beyond the quality of drinking water alone and also covers risk management operations and asset management. The latest report was released during the Water Institute of Southern Africa Conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The scores have gone up every years since the first Blue Drop report was released in 2009, when municipalities scored a national average of 51.4 percent.
A total of 153 of the country’s 287 municipalities and 931 water systems were audited for this year’s report, with 98 municipalities qualifying for Blue Drop awards, representing a jump from 66 last year. The cut-off for the Blue Drop award is 95 percent.
“The certificate is awarded as an acknowledgment of excellent drinking water quality management which surpasses the requirements of national norms and standards by a significant margin.