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Apr 20 2012 6:58AM
 
Diepsloot water not safe yet
A line of empty buckets belonging to residents of extension seven Diepsloot who have been waiting for drinking water for over eight hours. Picture: FATI MOALUSI
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Abram Mashego

Johannesburg Water on Thursday announced that the residents of Extensions 2 and 3 in Diepsloot West could now drink the tap water again.

However, in other parts of Diepsloot, residents have been warned not to drink the water until further notice.

Spokesperson Millicent Kabwe said the water crisis happened when a contractor damaged the water line, causing contaminated water to seep into the clean water line.

By noon yesterday, at least 80 residents of Diepsloot had reported to local clinics after drinking contaminated water.

Contaminated tap water remains a health risk in major parts of Diepsloot as Johannesburg Water officials battle to restore clean drinking water.

Although residents were warned against drinking the tap water, it seems some did not heed the advice. A nurse working at a local clinic in Diepsloot Ext 7 yesterday shared with The New Age a list of nearly 50 people who visited the clinic in a frail state complaining of diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

Another clinic, in Ext 2, a few kilometres away also had at least 28 people reporting signs of illness after drinking the water.

A nurse, who asked to remain anonymous, said there was an increase in these cases.

“Warnings were issued, but these people seem not to be getting the message,” she said.

Nicholas Chinkunta and his 12-year-old daughter were among the patients.

Speaking outside the clinic after receiving medication, the father of two said: “I bought two containers of clean water from a guy near our street.

“Unfortunately, my daughter mixed dirty tap water with the clean water.”

abramm@thenewage.co.za

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