MUNICIPAL CONTACTS: Free State: Motheo District Municipality

Mangaung Lejweleputswa Fezile Dabi Thabo Mofutsanyane Xhariep  

Motheo District Municipality
Local Municicpality
Mantsopa LM
Naledi LM
Motheo District Municipality (DC 17)
Weather: Bloemfontein; Botshabelo; Hobhouse; Ladybrand; Thaba Nchu; Wepener
Top Tel. No. 051 407 3200
Fax No. 051 430 0921
Email/Web info@motheo.co.za 
Address Provideaumus Building, 184 Nelson Mandela Driver, PO Box 3667 , Bloemfontein , 9300
Towns: Bloemfontein, Botshabelo, Dewetsdorp, Hobhouse, Ladybrand, Thaba Nchu, Tweespruit, Van Stadensrust, Wepener
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water and waste water treatment works

Documents
Dams: Armenia Dam, Dr Moraka's Dam, Egmont Dam, England Dam, Feloana Dam, Frankfort dam, Knellpoort Dam, Krugersdrift Dam, Lovedale Dam, Mockes Dam, Newbury Dam, Rooifontein Dam, Rustfontein Dam, Saliba Dam, Seroalo Dam, Tierpoort Dam, Tweespruit Dam, Van Stadensrust Dorp Dam, Welbedacht Dam, Wonderkop dam

Waste Water Treatment Works

Mantsopa (FS 173)
Top Tel. No. 051 924 0654
Fax No. 051 924 0020
Email/Web www.mantsopa.net 
Address 38 Joubert Street, PO Box 64,  Ladybrand,  9745
Towns: Hobhouse, Ladybrand, Tweespruit
Water tariffs:

Documents
Dams: Armenia Dam, England Dam, Frankfort dam, Lovedale Dam, Newbury Dam, Tweespruit Dam, Wonderkop dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:  47.09%
Regulatory Impression:  Since 2010, Mantsopa Local Municipality has shown improvement in their drinking water quality management performance as measured through the Blue Drop Certification Process. However, the continued unacceptable microbiological water quality recorded in the Hobhouse and Tweespruit water supply systems unfortunately still infers that the water poses an unacceptable risk to public health. Microbiological data submitted during the 2011 year, indicates that the water in the Ladybrand supply system now also poses a health risk. The WSA was urged to address treatment deficiencies following the release of the 2011 Blue Drop Report, but the continued failures lead DWA to believe that municipal management has yet to take this warning to heart. Furthermore, it is of significant concern that the data indicates that the municipality has ceased to monitor residual chlorine, and until the WSA clarifies otherwise, the DWA is of opinion that this action was undertaken to hide the fact that the municipality still needs to improve disinfection. Until such time that the municipality can confirm that the water no longer poses a risk of microbiological infection, the Department of Water Affairs insists that Mantsopa Local Municipality issues boil water notices to clearly communicate this risk to the community. Process control also needs to be addressed with some kind of urgency. The WSA should ensure that the Operation and Maintenance manuals for each of the plants address all aspects required to effectively guide the treatment operation, and Process Controllers should record daily activities in site-specific logbooks. The WSA should also note that until such time that the municipality confirms correct classification of their process controlling staff and their allocation per treatment plant, the Department has to report that process control is insufficient within the Mantsopa Local Municipality. Acknowledgement was given for the commencement (review) of the water safety planning process in each of the supply systems, and the WSA is encouraged to continue this work and use the findings of the risk assessment to optimise the compliance monitoring programmes. While DWA takes pleasure in noting that chemical determinand monitoring has commenced in each of the supply systems, DWA cannot give full credit for the excellent chemical water quality as indicated by the monitored determinands until such time that the WSA provides proof that all risk defined determinands are being monitored. The onus is also on the WSA to prove that monitoring for less than six months resulted in enough data to calculate compliance. Work done by Bloem Water improved the performance calculated for the Excelsior supply system. While DWA is confident that Bloem Water has systems in place to adequately identify and address drinking water quality failures, the relatively high number of E. coli failures in the Rustfontein final water, which were also evident in the pipeline-system taking water to Mantsopa, are of significant concern to the Department. Total coliform data showed similar trends, but this was not associated with a significant number of residual chlorine failures which would have been expected. Bloem Water is commended for their intensive microbiological and chemical monitoring programmes, and while monitoring continues, sampling and analytical techniques should be excluded as the reason for the unacceptable number of E. coli failures.  (Ref 6)

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Excelsior, Hobhouse, Ladybrand, Tweespruit

Thaba Phatchoa

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  38.48%
Regulatory Impression:  Subsequent to the 2010 assessment, DWA notes that the municipality improved on some aspects of their drinking water quality (DWQ) management procedures (i.e. asset management). Unacceptable microbiological water qualities in the Hobhouse and Tweespruit water supply systems however render all the improvements meaningless if consumers receive water that poses a risk of infection. Information needs to be submitted to the DWA within 60 days to confirm address of the microbiological water quality non-compliances. Municipal management should be aware that failing to comply could result in serious health effects, even death. The DWA Blue Drop assessment team noted that Mantsopa, in collaboration with the DWA Regional office, developed a water safety plan for the entire area of supply. The municipality is encouraged to continuously ensure that the plan addresses all the potential risks, catering also for system specific risks. Management support is essential for implementation, budget needs to be available to implement and monitor control measures. Operational and compliance monitoring was evaluated far below the frequencies registered by the municipality on the Blue Drop System (BDS). Mantsopa has to improve their monitoring, taking care to also regularly monitor the control measures that needs to be put in place to address the microbiological failures. The general lack of monitoring for chemical health determinands, in particular the noncompliance to test for a full SANS 241 analysis at least once a year in all the supply systems, reveal serious shortcomings in the risk assessment process followed by the municipality. The municipality must provide data to confirm that the drinking water contains no determinands which could result in serious, irreversible human health effects following prolonged exposure. (Ref 4)

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Brandfort Soutpan Theunissen

Verkeerdevlei Winburg

2010

Municipal Blue Drop Score:  27.5%
Regulatory Impression:   A concerted effort is required by Mantsopa LM to improve DWQ management, almost every aspect of the DWQ management business needs attention. Without improvement, the Department has no alternative than to inform the public that it has no confidence in the management of DWQ by the Mafube LM. The municipality showed no proof of a formal (documented) DWQ Incident Management Protocol, the Failure Response Register presented during the assessment was limited to basic information related to complaints only (action taken are not listed). Informal audits conducted by the superintendant needs to be formalised and properly documented, while the Asset Register needs an update.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 2010


2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment

Regulatory Impression: It is of concern plant that the risk rating of four plants are categorised as high risk and one plant as medium risk. Parameters that contribute to the risk are the lack of information regarding operating capacity, no effluence compliance monitoring and non compliance with R2834 with regard to operating and maintenance staff. The lack of information with regard to the operating capacity and the final effluent quality and compliance of the final effluent render the management of the treatment process difficult to monitor and optimise and reduction of the risk rating difficult to achieve. The plants at Hobhouse and Tweespruit have been upgraded and request for funding has been requested to upgrade the Thaba Phatdisa plant. This will facilitate improved treatment performance and will assist in the reduction of the risk rating provided proper operational and compliance monitoring is implemented. Urgent attention is required by the Matsopa Local Municipality is required to reduce the risk rating of their plants. The Department encourages the Municipality to develop a Green Drop Improvement Plan and W2RAP to guide a risk based approach to the development and implementation of actions required to improve the performance of the WWTWs and a sustainable reduction of the risk rating at all the wastewater treatment plants. Improved compliance with the Green Drop criteria and a reduction of the risk rating will require management support and the appropriate allocation of resources for implementation of corrective actions.  (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREAS

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Excelsior, Hobhouse, Lady Brand

Thaba Phatdisa, Tweespruit

Risk Trend Analysis

2010/11

Green Drop Score 2010/11: 20.4%

Regulatory Impression: The Mantsopa Local Municipality has performed unsatisfactory during the Green Drop assessments indicating that the wastewater services are not being managed according to the expectations of the regulation programme. The Green Drop requirements are largely not met and result in a low overall municipal score for Mantsopa (20.4%). The gaps in the current performance reach into all aspects of wastewater service delivery, with gaps ranging from technical skill levels, qualitative and quantitative monitoring, planning to management of wastewater collection and treatment. The recent implementation of monitoring with an accredited university-based laboratory, were awarded with good scores against data credibility. All mentioned levels will have to be raised from a critical- to basic service level before the municipality would be able to move forward. On a positive note, the municipality is commended for taking the first step to present their results for assessment. From these results, Mantsopa can identify the critical gaps first, and take a risk-based approach to rectify the high-risk areas in a phased approach over the next 1-5 years. For now, the situation in Mantsopa is considered critical from a regulatory view and holds high risk to public health and the environment. All plants are already in high risk positions, with Hobhouse and Ladybrand in critical risk position. One positive aspect is that the (↓) arrows indicate that risk is already being mitigated towards a more manageable margin. However, the situation remains fragile and the findings demand the attention of municipal management and political principles. (Ref 5)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Ladybrand, Tweespruit, ThabaPhatdisa

Excelsior, Hobhouse


Naledi (FS 171)
Top Tel. No. 051 541 0012
Fax No. 051 541 0556
Email/Web www.naledi.fs.gov.za 
Address 13 Brand Street, Private Bag X1, Dewetsdorp, 9940
Towns: Dewetsdorp, Van Stadensrust, Wepener
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water and waste water treatment works

Documents
Dams: Egmont Dam, Knellpoort Dam,, Van Stadensrust Dorp Dam, Welbedacht Dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:  51.03%
Regulatory Impression:  Drinking Water Quality Management in Naledi Local Municipality remained constant with a disappointing minor performance improvement recorded in each of the three supply systems. The municipality was not well prepared for the assessment and also appeared to disregard the requirements of the Regulator and legislation since very little information was provided to the Department on the Blue Drop System. Technical competence and management commitment appears to be a challenge within the Naledi Local Municipality. Instructions issued by the Department in the previous Blue Drop Report are still to be addressed and disinfection at the Vanstadensrus borehole system remains inadequate to eliminate the risk that consumers might contract a water-related disease following the consumption of the borehole water. The WSA is still to adopt a comprehensive risk assessment and water safety planning process. A full set of SANS 241 analyses must be done in each of the supply systems to determine the risks associated with chemical determinands. The findings from this risk assessment and water safety planning process must be used to inform and implement more comprehensive drinking water quality monitoring programmes. Similar to the 2011 Blue Drop Assessment, information provided by Bloem Water on the quality of drinking water in the Dewetsdorp and Wepener systems, along with other required information on process control, asset management and other criteria, contributed the majority of the score awarded to the Dewetsdorp and Wepener systems. (Ref 6)

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Dewetsdorp  Vanstadensrus Wepener 

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  38.69%
Regulatory Impression:  The Naledi Local Municipality performed unsatisfactory during the 2011 Blue Drop assessment inferring that drinking water quality (DWQ) is still not being managed according to the expectations of the regulatory programme. The dismal Blue Drop score of the Vanstadensrus supply system indicates that the municipality does not have the most basic systems, processes and resources in place to efficiently fulfil the municipal service function. Failure of the municipality to attend the confirmation assessment after they provided little information on the Blue Drop System (BDS), further infers poor commitment to improve. Consumers within Vanstadensrus are at risk of contracting water-related diseases. The situation warrants the immediate attention of municipal management, information must be provided to DWA within 30 days to confirm improved disinfection as control measure. Naledi should also provide DWA with actions plans to improve all aspects of their DWQ management performance, this includes commitment to maintain DWQ monitoring for chemical and microbiological water quality in all the supply systems for 12 months. Information provided by Bloem Water to access the quality of drinking water in the Dewetsdorp and Wepener systems, along with other information on process control, asset management, etcetera, mostly constitutes the score awarded to the Dewetsdorp and Wepener systems. (Ref 4)

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Dewetsdorp  Vanstadensrus Wepener 

2010

Municipal Blue Drop Score:  47.5%
Regulatory Impression:  Staff representing the Naledi Local Municipality has the ability and understanding to improve and maintain DWQ in compliance with the national drinking water quality standard (SANS 241). Due to the late arrival and non-attendance of the municipality on the second day of the assessment, scoring had to be finalised against information loaded on the BDS. At present, data submitted to the Department indicates that the microbiological quality of the tap water canít be classified as excellent against SANS 241. It is however acknowledged that the municipality could have outstanding data which could improve compliance with criterion 6. Increased data submission would further improve the Blue Drop score. Specific attention needs to be given to the development of a Water Safety Plan, compliance with Regulation 2834 and implementing failure response management.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 2010


2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment

Regulatory Impression: The Naledi Local Municipality has made good progress at their wastewater treatment plants with a reduction in the risk ratings. The three plants are now all categorised as medium risk plants, as a result of the implementation of effluent compliance monitoring. The lack of monitoring of the operating capacity and the non compliance with R2834 with regard to operating and maintenance staff increases the risk of the plants. The poor effluent compliance, particularly microbiological compliance, at the Dewetsdorp plant also contributes to the risk rating. The risk ratings of the Van Stadenrus wastewater treatment plant has reduced due to the evaporation of the final effluent rather than discharge to the environment which reduces the risk of the plant. The plant is now categorised as a medium risk plant. The key risk parameters are the non-compliance with R2834 with regard to the operating and maintenance staff and the lack of influent monitoring. Although effluent compliance monitoring is not a requirement for calculating the risk of oxidation ponds that do not discharge effluent into the environment, it is recommended to enable the treatment performance of the wastewater treatment works to be monitored. A new wastewater treatment plant is currently under construction, which will facilitate an improvement in the treatment performance and a reduction in the risk rating. The Department encourages the Naledi Local Municipality to develop a Green Drop Implementation Plan and W2RAP for to facilitate the implementation of risk based interventions to improve compliance and to reduce the risk rating of the plants. Improved compliance with the Green Drop criteria and a reduction of the risk rating will require management support and the appropriate allocation of resources for implementation of corrective actions.  (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREAS

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Dewetsdorp, Wepener, VanStadensrus

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012

2010/11

Green Drop Score 2010/11: 5.4%

Regulatory Impression: The Naledi Local Municipality has performed unsatisfactory during the Green Drop assessments indicating that the wastewater services are not being managed according to the expectations of the regulation programme. The Green Drop requirements are largely not met and result in a low overall municipal score for Naledi. The gaps in the current performance reach into all aspects of wastewater service delivery and it is difficult to find but one requirement that is on par with good practice. The gaps range from technical skill levels, qualitative and quantitative monitoring, planning and management of wastewater collection and treatment. All mentioned levels will have to be raised from a critical- to a minimum/average level before the municipality would be in a position to move forward. The situation in Naledi considered critical from a regulatory view and holds high risk to public health and the environment. The CRR status indicates that all 3 plants have deteriorated to critical risk state. The findings demand the attention of municipal management. (Ref 5)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Dewetsdorp, Wepener, VanStadensrus


Ref 1 Department Water and Environmental Affairs: : Blue Drop Report 2009_ Version 1
Ref 3 Department Water and Environmental Affairs: : Green Drop Report 2009_ Version 1
Ref 4 Department Water  Affairs: : Blue Drop Report 2011
Ref 5 Department Water  Affairs: : Green Drop Report 2010/11
Ref 6 Department WaterAffairs: :Blue Drop Report 2012
Ref 7 Department WaterAffairs: :Green Drop Progress 2012