City to test safety of Cape spring water, residents urged to be smart
The City of Cape Town will be testing the quality of water 10 alternative springs across the metro.
The City's JP Smith says there nearly 80 springs around Cape Town, but many of the water sources have high alkaline levels.
According to Smith, most of the alternative springs can only be used for non-potable purposes.
The City has cautioned residents to take care when collecting water from alternative sources in order to avoid potential health threats.
There are some 80 springs around the city, some of them are very small and not well known.JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security
They are not necessarily fit for human consumption.JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security
Day Zero revised
The City also announced that Day Zero has been moved back to 11 May.
Smith says transparency around Day Zero predictions helps residents make more informed decisions.
He says that while Day Zero is premised on consumption levels, saving efforts must continue to ensure that Day Zero is not experienced at all, instead of one month later.
It's quite important that we tell the public the truth and not induce undue levels of panic.JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security
We shouldn't be keeping residents in the dark and feeding false information.JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security
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