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10 June 2009

Limpopo water not contaminated

Laboratory tests done on the water in Limpopo's Steelpoort River have revealed no contamination, the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality said on Tuesday.

Laboratory tests done on the water in Limpopo's Steelpoort River have revealed no contamination, the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality said on Tuesday.

The river was polluted after an accident in which a truck carrying 20 000 litres of diesel hit an obstacle on the construction site of the De Hoop Dam last week. The diesel from the truck spilled into the river.

Municipal spokesman Willy Mosuma said people should take precautionary measures when using water directly from the river to avoid any exposure to contamination.

The river cuts through the villages of Ga-Mampuru, Ga-Malekane, Driekop, Ga-Mapodile up to Lepelle River.

He said the municipality would continue to supply water by water tankers to villages that have been experiencing shortages due to damaged infrastructure. – (Sapa, June 2009)

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