Discoloured water fit for human consumption: CoW

26 Jan 2017 07:10am
WINDHOEK, 26 JAN (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) has assured residents that the city’s water is fit for human consumption, despite it being discoloured of late.
CoW Public Relations Officer, Lydia Amutenya in a media statement on Wednesday said despite the change in the water colour, the water is fit for human consumption and poses no health risks.
“We wish to reassure all consumers that all water distributed is of an excellent quality and perfectly safe for human consumption,” she said.
The statement said with the ongoing water supply crisis in the capital, CoW has been forced to make changes to the supply in terms of the origin of potable water.
The CoW is thus currently pumping unprecedented volumes of underground water from the Windhoek aquifer.
“The character of the water from a number of the new boreholes is yet to be established as pumping intensifies,” said Amutenya.
She further explained that the reconfiguration of the distribution system can lead to long established residue finding its way into reservoirs and eventually to consumers.
Amutenya encouraged residents to continue reporting any persistent changes in the colour of tap water.
She noted that the CoW will continue its strict water quality monitoring programme.
Earlier this month, a local daily newspaper reported that residents of Rocky Crest complained about their tap water being brown.