Residents in the Strandfontein area are enraged over a incident of water contamination. This paired with reportedly poor communication from the City has led to approximately 80 locals falling ill.
Sewage managed to enter potable water pipes in the area on Thursday, February 20 discolouring the water and making it smell. Residents were unsure whether it was safe for consumption and the City notified residents on February 21 that the water should not be consumed.
According to the Strandfontein Ratepayers and Residents Association chairperson Mario Oostendurp, speaking to CapeTalk, at least 80 residents reported feeling ill after drinking the water.
The community feels their concerns regarding health issues were not tended to by the City and many residents reported experiencing mouth ulcers, diarrhea and vomiting since consuming the water.
“The City of Cape Town’s Health Department can confirm that tap water in Strandfontein is once again safe for consumption,”the City said in a statement on February 24.
Investigations into the cause of the contamination are still underway. A community meeting providing feedback on the incident will be held tomorrow, February 27, at the Strandfontein Community Hall.
Cape Town Etc made attempts to contact the City for comment but did not receive a reply at time of publish.