The water affairs department is to probe the poor water quality in Mpumalanga's Emalahleni municipality, the co-operative governance
and traditional affairs department said on Tuesday. Spokesman Simphiwe Kunene said his department had requested water affairs
to intervene after receiving a number of complaints from residents in the area about dirty water."The water is of brownish colour. However,
the water is not always like that, it's an occasional thing," said Kunene.
"The department of water affairs has been tasked to investigate and come up with possible measures to deal with the problem." However,
he could not confirm whether residents in the municipality, located in Witbank, were using that water for drinking and other purposes.
The issue was handed over to the department after Monday's meeting between MEC for co-operative governance and traditional Affairs,
Norman Mokoena, and the municipality.
"The matter is receiving urgent attention and in dealing with this problem we will seek to find a long term solution," said Mokoena, appealing
to residents to be patient and work with the government. He said the department's concern was not just to ensure that water quality was
improved but also to ensure that issues of capacity and institutional arrangements were dealt with. A report by the department of water affairs
is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.