A month ago, the environmental health unit at the Xhariep District municipality issued a boil alert advising Jagersfontein and Fauresmith residents to make use of bottled water for consumption, if possible, or boil tap water before drinking it. Acting Kopanong Municipal Manager, Nkululeko Kelepu, tells OFM News the notice dated March 11 was not interpreted accurately.
He says the District Environmental Health Practitioners, in conjunction with the Department of Health in the Province, were carrying out inspections at local clinics and hospitals. They got their samples from Jojo tanks which is where they found contaminants. He says dust that gathers in tanks over time can result in such a situation.
OFM News is in possession of the notice from the district which is, in fact, directed to all “properties in Jagersfontein and Fauresmith”, not just the inspected clinics and hospitals. OFM News has been informed anonymously that the sewerage situation in one of the towns is so bad, that the opening of a school center almost got postponed, that is until the organisers in question took matters into their own hands and purchased a new sewerage pump from Bloemfontein and obtained a private contractor to have it installed before the opening.