THE Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has reassured tourists and the general public that tap water in South Africa is safe to drink.
This follows a report by holiday company Globehunters. It released a map illustrating where tourists should not drink tap water.
‘When travelling around the world, it’s important to keep your health in mind, and one of the things many take for granted is access to drinkable tap water.
‘Looking at advice from the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), we found that it’s recommended to avoid the tap water even in some fairly major tourist destinations,’ Globehunters said in a blog.
They added that ‘it is important to note that the following advice doesn’t mean that water in a country is unsafe or polluted, just that as a tourist, your body will not be used to the water in the area.’
DWS said the establishment of the Blue Drop programme is, however, among the measures government has put in place to ensure institutions such as municipalities and water services providers deliver good quality water that complies with the South African Drinking Water Quality Standard (SANS 241).
‘It should be noted that SANS 241 is aligned with the World Health Organisation’s guidelines for drinking water,’ said DWS Media Liaison Director, Sputnik Ratau.
Ratau said when there is a tap water quality concern, it investigated and addressed accordingly.
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