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.

Read: City to reroute Newlands Spring to larger site

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.

Also read: City: St James 'mountain spring' water not suitable for drinking as is

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

Click here for some water safety advice on the City's website.

Visit the #WaterWatch feature for more water-related updates.

Take a listen to JP Smith elaborate on the state of the water crisis:

Also read - Zille: We have to push Day Zero back to end of June to feel safe.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : City to test safety of Cape spring water, residents urged to be smart


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