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Thaba Chweu fails Green Drop Report 2022

Seven municipalities in the province don't comply with wastewater standards.

According to the Green Drop Report 2022, a directive from the Department of Water and Sanitation, a municipality must score at least 90% to comply with wastewater standards.
Mpumalanga scored 19% on microbiological compliance, 25% on chemical compliance, and 34% on physical compliance.

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The other municipalities are:
• Bushbuckridge scored 24%. The wastewater systems in Dwarsloop, Maviljan, Tintswalo, Mkhulu and Tulamahashe Rivers were reported to be in a critical state.
• Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme scored 22% and all five wastewater treatment systems are in a critical state.
• Lekwa scored 17% as both water treatment systems are in a critical state.
• Msukaligwa scored 17% as all seven wastewater systems were reported to be in a critical state.
• Chief Albert Luthuli at 11% as all five wastewater systems were in a critical state.
• Dipaleseng only complied with 4%.

“Given the above, the DA has written to the Green Scorpions requesting that they investigate pollution of the land and freshwater reserves in the above-mentioned municipalities and to ensure that this stops. This exposes residents to an environment that is harmful to their health. During the latest Green Drop assessment for Mpumalanga, it was noted that 43% of our wastewater systems were deemed to be in a critical state and that only six out of the 76 systems in the province were operating well above capacity. The above is completely unacceptable given the constant land and freshwater pollution,” said Trudie Grové-Morgan, DA member of parliament.

Steelburger/Lydenburg News reached out to TCLM for comment. Themba Sibiya, media and marketing manager said: “The municipality will not comment on this matter at this stage, we have not received any official correspondence regarding this matter.”


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