Free State’s water crisis confirmed by Blue Drop Report

Patricia Kopane MP

DA Leader in the Free State

The latest Blue Drop 2012 Report confirms the water crisis facing the Free State province.

The fact that Free State is in the bottom 3 provinces in the country for water quality and supply, along with Northern Cape and Mpumalanga, shows the total neglect of this crisis by the provincial government.

The Free State’s Provincial Blue Drop stands at 73.6% which means the province’s compliance levels are too low – water that is safe for drinking should score 95%.

This report follows after a survey by DA representatives revealed that 26 towns in the Free State either had no water at all and limited access to water or safety problems with water hygiene.

The DA reiterates its demands for an urgent plan from the Cooperative Governance Department to end the suffering of communities across the province under this water crisis.

Below are the names of the municipalities, towns that were mentioned in the survey conducted by the DA together with their scores as taken from the 2012 Blue Drop Report 2012. No town received the required score for quality water, and some towns have such low scores that the conditions there can only be described as severe health hazard.

Local Municipality Towns 2011 Score 2012 Score
Mohokare Zastron, Smithfield, 80.10 77.4
Kopanong Trompsburg,  Fauresmith, Bethulie 43.81 68.70
Dihlabeng Fauriesburg 30.76 68.59
Moqhaka Steynsrus 54.93 21.76
Naledi Wepenar and Dewetsdorp, 51.03 38.69
Letsemeng Jacobsdal 54.69 49.98
Mantsopa Tweespruit 38.48 47.09
Tokologo Dealesvlle 20.35 25.46
Ngwathe Parys, Vredefort and Koppies 45.37 20.59
Metsimaholo Oranjeville 48.86 89.49
Setsoto Marquard and Clocolan 88.64 89
Masilonyane Brandfort, Theunissen, Winburg and Soutpan 6.49 11.49
Nketoana Petrus Steyn and Lindley 6.33 18.57
Phumelela Memel and Warden 3.82 17.90

There hasn’t been much difference between the 2011 and 2012 scores and the Democratic Alliance is concerned by the slow pace of government in dealing with this situation.

The DA remains committed to ensuring that Free State people get clean and safe water for consumption. The DA will continue reporting such transgressions to the Human Rights Commission and will institute criminal charges should there be no compliance.