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Big boost for Blue Drop water

Cape Town – The number of water authorities in South Africa to achieve Blue Drop certification for providing clean, safe water has leapt from 38 to 66 over the past year.

The latest Blue Drop Report – released by Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Thursday – shows an improvement in the performances of many of the 914 water systems assessed across all nine provinces.

Gaining Blue Drop certification is an indication the water supply authority has complied with a stringent set of procedural, chemical, biological and other requirements.

According to the report, a total of 914 water systems were assessed in 162 municipalities, compared to 787 systems the previous year.

A total of 536 of them (58.7%) scored more than 50% in the latest Blue Drop assessment, compared to 370 (47%) the year before.

The number of systems scoring less than 50% dropped.

This is the second consecutive year in which the sector’s performance has improved.

Overall provincial Blue Drop scores have moved from 51.4% in 2009, to 67.2% in 2010, to 72.9% in the latest report.

“The excellent performers increased from 38 Blue Drop awards in 2010, to 66 in 2011, with the Western Cape producing the highest number of Blue drop systems (29).

“The Blue Drop requirements become more stringent… with every assessment cycle. Hence, the 66 systems that achieved Blue Drop status are truly ‘excellent’, and the municipalities are congratulated for their devoted efforts,” the report states.

The Blue Drop awards will be made to the municipalities that achieved them at an awards dinner in Cape Town on Thursday evening.

Source: News 24

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