MUNICIPAL CONTACTS: Mpumalanga: Gert Sibande District Municipality

Ehlanzeni Nkangala        
           

WEATHER: Badplaas, Balfour, Bethal, Carolina, Chrissiesmeer, Ermelo, GreylingstadMaizefield, Meyerville, Piet RetiefRoodebank, Secunda, Standerton, Volkrust, Warburton
Gert Sibande District Municipality
Local Municicpality
Albert Luthuli LM
Dipaleseng LM
Govan Mbeki LM
Lekwa LM
Mkhondo LM
Msukaligwa LM
Pixley Ka Seme LM
Gert Sibande District Municipality
Top Tel. No. 017 801 7000
Fax No. 017 811 1207
Email/Web www.gsibande.gov.za 
Address Co Joubert and Oosthuise Streets, PO Box 550 , Ermelo, 2350
Towns: Amersfoort, Anysspruit, Badplaas, Balfour, Bankkop,   Bethal, Bethal East, Bettiesdam, Berbice,  Breyton, Carolina, Charl Cilliers, Chrissiesmeer, Commondale, Davel, Dirkiesdorp,  Ermelo, Evander, Greylingstad, Grootvlei, Hartbeeskop, Holbank, Holmdene, Iswepe, Latemanek, Leandra, Lochiel, Lothair, Kinross, Maizefield, Meyerville, Morgenzon, Panbult, Perdekop, Piet Retief, Platrand, Rietbult Estate, Roodebank, Secunda, Sheepmoor, Standerton, Trichardt, Val, Volksrust, Wakkerstroom, Warburton, Wittenberg
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
Dams Amersfoort Dam, Balfour Dam, Bethal Dam, Bossiesspruit dam, Grootdraai Dam, Grootvlei Dam, Heyshope Dam, Jericho Dam, Morgenstond DamNooitgedacht Dam, Schuilhoek Dam, Trichardtsfontein Dam, Vygeboom Dam, Westoe Dam

Waste Water Treatment Works

Albert Luthuli
Top Tel. No. 017 843 4000
Fax No. 017 843 4001
Email/Web mm@albertluthuli.gov.zawww.albertluthuli.gov.za 
Address 28 Kerk Street, PO Box 24 , Carolina , 1185
Towns: Badplaas, Carolina, Hartbeeskop, Lochiel
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
Dams Nooitgedacht Dam, Vygeboom Dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:18.40% 
Regulatory Impression:  There is great potential for improvement of Drinking Water Quality Management in Chief Albert Luthuli. The improved 2012 Blue Drop performance confirms that this is a step in the right direction. Efforts such as the development of a water safety plan before the assessment are noted and serve as promise of the municipality’s commitment to improve. The plan however still requires considerable attention. Following completion of a full SANS 241 analyses, all risks should be confirmed identified per supply system. Unfortunately, the Blue Drop score indicate that drinking water quality (DWQ) services in Chief Albert Luthuli is still not on par with the requirements of the regulatory programme. It is evident that the municipality consolidated its drinking water quality (DWQ) management approach in their systems except for Lushushwane/Bettysgoed and Ekulindeni ). The Department hereby issues a warning to all residents and visitors to the Albert Luthuli area not to consume the tap water without taking appropriate measures to improve the drinking water quality. This warning is applicable to the towns of Mpuluzi, Lushushwane/Bettygoed, Elukwatini, Metula Fernie and Ekulindeni. In general, the key challenges faced by the assessment team were the unacceptable attitude by the Water and Sanitation Manager and lack of documented proof to verify assertions made by the WSA to improve compliance. The lack of adequate DWQ data and other performance information on the Blue Drop System (BDS) consequently hampered DWA’s ability to verify performance and scoring of Chief Albert Luthuli. DWA is aware that the WSA experienced a flood- and DWQ crisis specifically in Carolina. With all representatives from Department of Minerals and Resources, Mining Houses, CMA, DWA Regional Office, National Office, municipal Mayor and representatives from the Gert Sibande District Municipality, the Department is convinced that through the joint effort and commitment of all role players the current situation will improve. The Catchment Management Agency is commended for assisting Chief Albert Luthuli in this crisis by adding sampling points to ensure that the potential pollution are identified and mitigated. The Operations and Monitoring manuals need to be improved since it is standardised and not site specific, risk for all the system are the same, control measures are the same, there is a need for proper Water Safety Planning Process to be conducted. (Ref 6)

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Carolina, Badplass, Mpuluzi, Ekulindeni 

Elukwatini, Metula Fernie, Lushushwane/Bettysgoed 

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011: 09.78% 
Regulatory Impression:  The 2011 Blue Drop score of Albert Luthuli Local Municipality showed minimal improvement from the previous assessment. The Department however acknowledges the commencement of the water safety planning process. The commitment from the technical team is noted, even though the team currently faces a challenge with regards to staff turn-over. The current team was found to work under challenging conditions. Although the Municipality appointed a service provider to assist in turning around the current appalling situation, DWA requires Albert Luthuli to immediately improve Drinking Water Quality (DWQ) management with intensive effort, all Blue Drop Requirements needs to be addressed. Management support is needed for implementation of the water safety plan already noted being developed, funds must be available to improve DWQ service delivery. While the municipality and service provider attempts to improve the situation, information should be submitted on the Blue Drop System to allow DWA to monitor the situation (as required in Section 82 of the Water Services Act, No 108 of 1997). Conservatively, the Department assumes that all water within the jurisdiction of the municipality poses a risk of infection. NB: The Regulator is extremely concerned with the performance of drinking water quality management by Albert Luthuli. The WSA is requested to submit a Corrective Action Plan to the Department within 30 days of release of the Blue Drop Report. (Ref 4)

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Carolina, Badplass, Mpuluzi, Lushushwane / Bettysgoed 

Elukwatini, Metula ,Fernie Ekulindeni

2010

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  08.2% 
Regulatory Impression:  The grades listed in the report card explicitly states that there is still much more work to do before the water supply systems under jurisdiction can be regarded as adequately managed. The low compliance figures also raises concerns, yet the Department will stop short of condemning the quality of all supply systems since the DWQ is not properly recorded and has not been organised according to the BDS systems requirements at the time of print. This municipality will be one of the targeted ones for a more focussed DWQ performance monitoring audit during 2010.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance (Table 1)

Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance (Table 2)


2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment  
Regulatory Impression:  The Department is encouraged to note the decrease of the CRR in all of the plants risk profiles. Also, all risk ratings are in low to medium risk categories. The most significant risk contributors remain the unknown status of the design capacities of Mpuluzi and Badplaas. With the exception of Carolina, the daily flows are not being measured. (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREAS

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Carolina, Ekulendeni-Kromdraai, Elukwatini/Eerstehoek

Mpuluzi-Mayflower, Badplaas

2010/11

Municipal Green Drop Score 2010/11 :  17.2% 
Regulatory Impression:  The Albert Luthuli Local Municipality has performed unsatisfactory during the Green Drop assessments indicating that wastewater services are not being managed according to the expectations of the regulation programme. The municipality is however commended for taking the 1st step to submit evidence for assessment against the stringent Green Drop requirements. Positive developments such updating of a Water Services Development Plan might assist to raise the efficiency of wastewater management within the municipality. Albert Luthuli is presented with the opportunity to identify the gaps in sanitation service delivery and to plan and work towards a gradual and sustainable improvement in the short to medium term future. Given the low municipal score of 17.2%, it is hoped that the Gert Sibande DM will work with the WSA to achieve improve wastewater services. A viable proposition may be present if the regional laboratory develops the appropriate type of scientific and process control expertise.

The assessors were impressed with the commitment of the team under difficult circumstances, marked by people in acting positions, funding constraints and asset transfers from DWA. A number of shortcomings can be highlighted from the assessment results, of which the most pertinent finding would possibly be the lack of registered and technically skilled persons in the WSA. Many other gaps are in direct consequence of this status, including the gaps pertaining to including the inadequacy of a monitoring programme, submission of results, lack of flow monitoring, and consequentially the non-compliance to effluent quality discharge standards. Management driven aspects such as asset management and incident response management also underwrites the unsatisfactory performance by the WSA. The regulatory viewpoint is that wastewater services remain in fragile state, which is evident from the low Green Drop scores and the lack of basic operational information such as design capacity, flows and quality monitoring. Analysis of the CRR trends is equally discouraging as all 6 wastewater treatment plants have digressed into high- and critical risk positions, with an ever increasing trend (↑) that indicate the likelihood that 5 of the 6 facilities may reach maximum CRR position (except Elukwatini). The status of wastewater services demand the attention of municipal management, as well as local and provincial governance. Appropriate support may be the most effective way to raise performance, implying the close involvement of the financial and procurement departments. (Ref 5)

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Carolina, Badplaas, Elukwatini/Eerstehoek

Ekulindeni/Kromdraai, Oshoek, Mpuluzi/MayFlower


Dipaleseng
Top Tel. No. 017 773 0055
Fax No. 017 773 0169
Email/Web dipaleseng@worldonline.co.za  /  www.dipaleseng.gov.za 
Address cnr Steward and Joubert Streets, Private Bag X1005, Balfour, 2410
Towns: Balfour, Greylingstad, Grootvlei, Rietbult Estate
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
Dams Grootvlei Dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012: 40.70% 
Regulatory Impression:  There was a significant increase in the score of the on-site audit (November 2011) and that of the confirmation assessment (February 2012), giving evidence to the municipality’s drive to improve drinking water quality (DWQ) management. The Department is greatly encouraged by the impressive improvement in the Blue Drop score of this municipality since the previous reporting cycle. An overall score improvement from 6.95% to 40.70% confirms the municipal officials’ commitment to improved DWQ management and is a most commendable performance under challenging circumstances. However, while the improvement in Blue Drop scores is noteworthy, there are still many areas that require further, urgent attention. The water safety plan needs to be improved and the monitoring programme requires amendment in order to take into account the findings of the risk assessment. According to the DWA Inspectors, the process controllers require training in order to fully comprehend the importance of operational monitoring, as daily readings are currently recorded incorrectly. The municipality is requested to give special attention to the issues mentioned above, since without the necessary information, effective DWQ management is not possible. Microbiological compliance at the Fortuna WTW is not according to the expected standard and the matter requires immediate investigation and remedial action in order to resolve the problem. The municipality is urged to report the DWQ results on a monthly basis to the Department of Water Affairs on the Blue Drop System (BDS) to ensure continuous management of information. (Ref 6)

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Greater Dipaleseng

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011: 06.95% 
Regulatory Impression:  The representative of Dipaleseng Local Municipality sent to the 2011 Blue Drop confirmation session was not informed regarding the requirements for the Blue Drop evaluation. DWA consequently received minimal information during the session. Although required to make information available to the DWA to regulate the drinking water management service of the WSA (Water Services Act, Act 108 of 1997), almost no information was furthermore available on the Blue Drop System (BDS). This impedes the ability of the Department to perform its regulatory function. The WSA should improve drinking water quality management, all requirements of the Blue Drop Certification process require urgent attention. The quality of drinking water presents a risk to public health, a number of E. coli failures were noted against the limited data on BDS. The WSA should urgently develop a Water Safety Plan for the supply system. If implemented, DWQ management against the principles of the water safety planning process will enhance understanding and data availability on risks / hazards in the supply system. It should further provide the information to seek senior management commitment for service improvement. The Blue Drop Inspectors noted an abattoir upstream of the treatment works that constitutes a high risk impacting the quality of the resource water. The WSA should ensure address of this risk. DWA also noted that the South African Development Bank is assisting with water related projects. NB: The Regulator is extremely concerned with the DWQ management performance of Dipaleseng Local Municipality. The WSA should submit a Corrective Action Plan to the Department within 30 days of release of the Blue Drop Report. (Ref 4)

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2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment 
Regulatory Impression:  In a commendable effort, Dipaleseng Local Municipality presented 4 WWTWs results during the 2012 progress assessment cycle, compared to the previous 2 systems. The increase in WWTW allowed for a more focussed, plant specific assessment. Additionally, the more focussed approach of the municipality to effluent quality management per plant will improve identification of area-specific problems requiring immediate attention. The Regulatory is encouraged by the registration of plants and Process Controllers on the Green Drop System (GDS), in complying to Regulation 2834, as well as the upload of all required information according to the Green Drop Criteria to ensure continuous management of information. The Department further recommends the development of the W2RAP and GDIP. Three of the four plants are in a critical risk position. The Balfour plant have some investment capital, but needs bridging finance to upgrade the works. The refurbishment of the mechanical equipment is ongoing. No action plans are in place for the other 3 plants an alerting observation. No compliance monitoring undertaken over the 2010/2011 financial year for all plants. The Grootvlei Mine and Greylingstad plants have submitted no info and are accrued with a risk rating of 100%. (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREAS

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Balfour Plant, Grootvlei Eskom, Grootvlei Mine, Greylingstad

Risk Trend Analysis

2010/11

Municipal Green Drop Score 2010/11 :  26.1% 
Regulatory Impression:  The Dipaleseng 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 Dipaliseng (26.1%). The gaps in the current performance reach into various aspects of wastewater service delivery, including technical skill levels, data credibility, incident response management, bylaw implementation and infrastructure planning and management. The assessor’s impressions were that the municipality did not take reasonable effort to prepare for the assessment, especially for the site inspections. Nevertheless, the municipality’s progress is noted with encourage as related to the improved Green Drop results (↑) compared to the 2009 results. Unfortunately, this positive trend is not substantiated when analysing the treatment facilities specifically. CRR trend analysis indicates that the Belfour plant is already in high risk space, whilst both plants reflect increased risk trends (↑). Note the 95% capacity constraint that adds to this risk position – plant capacity is likely to be taken up by the increased wastewater demand, but artificial loading via extraneous flows to the sewer carry a high likelihood.

From these results, Dipaliseng has an opportunity to 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 Dipaliseng is considered inadequate and will hold the attention from a regulatory view. The findings demand the attention of municipal management and political principles at local, district and provincial levels. (Ref 5)

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Balfour Plant, Grootvlei Eskom

2009 Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score:  8%

Regulatory Impression:  According to the assessment results, the WWQ management performance of the Municipality, as a whole, is relatively poor,with substantial improvement effort required in all areas.  (Ref 3)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Dipalaseng LM 2009

Govan Mbeki
Top Tel. No. 017 620 6000
Fax No. 017 634 8019
Email/Web www.govanmbeki.gov.za 
Address Horwood Strett, Private Bag X 1017, Secunda, 2302
Towns:  Bethal, Bethal East, Charl Cilliers, Evander, Leandra, Kinross, Roodebank, Secunda, Trichardt
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
Dams Bethal Dam, Bossiesspruit dam, Trichardtsfontein Dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:  77.55%
Regulatory Impression:  The performance of Govan Mbeki Local Municipality is more or less the same as that in the previous cycle, the overall score showing an increase of 0.04%.The information provided by Rand Water on drinking water quality (DWQ) along with information on other aspects, such as process control management and asset management constitutes the bulk of the score awarded to the Greater Govan Mbeki system. The water safety plan was found to have some shortcomings, mainly in terms of the lack of integration of the risk assessment process conducted by the municipality with that conducted by Rand water. A cooperative relationship between the WSA and WSP is encouraged to ensure continuous improvement and sustainable DWQ management. (Ref 6)

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Greater Govan Mbeki

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  77.59%
Regulatory Impression:  Govan Mbeki was found to maintain good drinking water quality (DWQ) management practices for their area of responsibility. Evaluated against the more stringent 2011 Blue Drop requirements, the slight decline from the 2010 Blue Drop score is not seen as a decline in service delivery. DWA encourages the municipality to improve performance, address of the microbiological water quality failures and implementation of a water safety plan could see the municipality on its way of attaining Blue Drop status. (Ref 4)

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2010

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 : 78.9% 
Regulatory Impression:  Govan Mbeki delivered an encouraging performance during the 2010 Blue Drop assessment. There remains sufficient room for improvement within all the various criteria listed under this drinking water quality regulation programme. It is important to note that regular monitoring and regular reporting of results are basics that require urgent attention.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance (Table 1)


2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment 
Regulatory Impression:  The Department is concerned about the increase risk rating of all wastewater treatment plants within the Govan Mbeki Municipality categorised between critical risk, high and medium rating. The major contributing factor is the total lack of operational and decision-making information. The lack of data is with regard to the operating capacity in some plants and plant operating over the design capacity and the compliance of the final effluent. Non compliance in terms of R2834 with regard to the operating and maintenance staff also increases the risk of the plant. The risk ratings are predominantly in the high and critical risk categories. This is due to no info submitted for these plants (NI = non compliance) with some small exception for the Embalenhle plant where some data was provided for. Such events are shown in the table above as NM = Not Monitored. No effluent data provided for (NI and NM = non compliance). The flows from the 2011 GD assessment remain unchanged. It should be noted that Govan Mbeki did not attend the confirmation sessions, and hence no further progress could be made in the completion of their PAT and ensuing communications did not change the status quo. No flow monitoring at Kinross, the capacity exceedance at the Embalenhle and Leandra plants needs to be addressed. Immediate attention is required by the Govan Mbeki Municipality to address the current situation. Any assistance that the District Municipality can provide may improve this situation. The Department encourages the Municipality to develop a Green Drop Implementation Plan and W2RAP to facilitate the implementation of risk based interventions to improve compliance and to reduce the risk rating of the plants. It is clear that the Municipality is not on par with the Green Drop requirement and start to lag dangerously behind its provincial counterparts. Management support and commitment is seemingly lacking to allocate appropriately qualified staff and adequate resources to improve wastewater quality management. In addition, the municipality continue to ignore the Regulator’s call to adhere to the submission of compliance information as a legal requirement which the Green Drop System (GDS) provides for. (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREAS

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Embalenhle,  Kinross, Leandra-Leslie, Bethal

Evander, Trichardt

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012

2010/11

Municipal Green Drop Score 2010/11 :  51.1% 
Regulatory Impression:  The Govan Mbeki 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, especially with regard to insufficient monitoring programme, non-compliance to legal effluent quality requirements, failure response management and no-flow monitoring. However, it is most encouraging to note that data submission and data credibility has improved markedly and a full set of Bylaws is in place. The addition of the Sasol-operated plant is a positive development and the regulator note the finalisation of a Service Level Agreement to govern this WSA/WSP arrangement. The Secunda system scored a good 81.2% which exceeds the average performance of the WSA-run plants. Much is to be gained if improved practices can be replicated at the other plants. Key to the success of this arrangement is the management of stormwater ingress (and other extraneous flows) on the collection system. Once this problem has been resolved, the capacity of the plants needs to be reassessed to confirm if plant upgrades are required.

Analysis of the Green Drop results indicates that only Embalenhle improved on the 2009 score, whilst the 5 systems digressed (↓). Analysis of the CRR risk profiles indicate that 3 treatment plants remain in high risk space, with only one plant showing an improvement trend (↓). The Sasol plant’s trends will be monitored from year 2010 onwards but currently resides in medium risk space. The findings demand the attention of municipal management. (Ref 5)

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Bethal, Trichardt, Evander, Kinross

Embalenhle, Leandra/Leslie, Secunda Sasol

2009 Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score:  57%

Regulatory Impression:   The municipality is doing very well in getting the right management procedures in place. However significant improvement is required to ensure improvement in effluent quality.   (Ref 3)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Govan Mbeki LM 2009


Lekwa
Top Tel. No. 017 712 9600
Fax No. 017 712 6808
Email/Web www.lekwalm.gov.za 
Address cnr Mbonani Mayisela and Dr Beyers Naude Street, PO Box 66, Standerton, 2430
Towns: Bettiesdam, Holmdene, Maizefield, Meyerville, Morgenzon, Platrand, Standerton, Val
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
Dams Grootdraai Dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:  34.74%
Regulatory Impression:  The Municipality’s performance is not satisfactory yet even though the Lekwa Local Municipality shows increased Blue Drop scores from 10.48% in 2011 to 34.74% in 2012. The Lekwa Local Municipality should sustain effort to review the water safety plan and roles and responsibilities should be clearly defined, while management ensures availability of budget to meet deadlines for implementing control measures. The Municipality is encouraged to complete a full SANS 241 analyses as part of their risk assessment, findings should be used to inform future chemical compliance monitoring. DWA however applied a partial penalty for the minimum information presented to the Inspectors by the municipality that confirmed inadequate chemical Microbiological Compliance in the distribution network. Process Control requirements needs to be addressed to ensure compliance at all the treatment systems with Regulation 2834. DWA notes some attempts to improve asset management, little information was however presented on O & M. It is unfortunate that key role players at the Municipality did not attend both on-site and confirmation session and no one from the Municipality attended the confirmation session. The absence of the Officials was as a result of the Municipal Manager’s instruction that the plant will be left unattended due to shortage of staff should the officials attend the confirmation session. Therefore, the score achieved at the on-site assessment remains unchanged since no additional information was submitted to improve the scores. (Ref 6)

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Morgenzon, Standerton

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  10.48%
Regulatory Impression:  The overall municipal score confirms that the municipality did little to improve on their drinking water quality (DWQ) management business since the 2010 assessment when 19.5% was recorded. The dismissive behaviour by Lekwa Local Municipality towards a national programme intent to inform the public of local municipal service performance, is deplorable. This Department is extremely concerned about the current status of the DWQ. For a second year the municipality did not adhere to the requirement of the regulator to provide information needed by the Minister to access all aspects of the DWQ management service. According to section 62 of the Water Services Act, Act 107 of 1998, the WSA must provide information to the Department on a monthly basis. Information must be uploaded per supply system on the Blue Drop System (BDS). NB: The Regulator is extremely concerned with the DWQ management performance of Lekwa LM. DWA requires a Corrective Action Plan within 30 days of release of this Blue Drop Report. (Ref 4)

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Morgenzon, Standerton

2010

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 : 19.5%
Regulatory Impression:  This was certainly not an acceptable performance yet at least promise of improvement. A compliance of 70% is also rather low and this would imply that much attention requires focusing on the actual quality of drinking water in both systems managed by this municipality. Not much is in place as yet and it is trusted that a concerted effort will improve the overall findings for the next assessment period.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 


2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment 
Regulatory Impression:  One plant resides in high risk and the other in low risk space. More importantly, is that both plants indicate improved and downwards movement in risk. Factors that are still contributing to the risk positions are the absence of compliance monitoring at both plants and this skews their respective CRR values. There however is a plan in place to do compliance monitoring in the 2012/3 financial year. Both plants have a GD score less than 30% and no demonstrable documented proof was provided for corrective actions to remedy the current status quo before the upcoming GD assessment to commence in August 2012. (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREAS

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Standerton, Morgenzon

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012

2010/11

Municipal Green Drop Score 2010/11 : 19.0%
Regulatory Impression:  The Lekwa 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, with the exception of some progress on planning aspects related to treatment and collector capacity. The lack of monitoring in terms of quality and also flow at the Standerton plant suggest that Lekwa’s wastewater services does not have the most essential aspects covered, and sustainable management of the infrastructure is questionable. Notably, the Morgenzon plant is already exceeding its design capacity by 12%, which would require smart process control and planning for short term upgrade or water demand management to be implemented. However, the municipality is commended for taking the 1st step to submit evidence for assessment, thereby having the opportunity to analyse the gaps and take corrective action. The situation in Lekwa is considered critical from a regulatory view and holds high risk to public health and the environment. The Standerton plant has now moved into a maximum risk space (100%) and the Morgenzon plant reside in a high risk position. The findings demand the attention of municipal management and governance. It is clear that the limited technical staff is overburdened to keep just the most basic functions running, but urgent decisions need to be taken regarding additional human and funding resources. (Ref 5)

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Standerton, Morgenzon


Mkhondo
Top Tel. No. 017 826 2211/8100
Fax No. 017 542 1173
Email/Web www.mkhondo.gov.za 
Address cnr Market and De Wet Street, PO Box 23, Piet Retief, 2390
Towns:  Anysspruit, Berbice, Commondale, Dirkiesdorp, Iswepe, Panbult, Piet Retief, Wittenberg
Water tariffs:

Documents
Dams Heyshope Dam,  Morgenstond Dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:  11.30%
Regulatory Impression:  It is disheartening to see that no significant improvement was made since the previous assessment cycle. Very little information was provided for three of the systems and none at all for the Mkhondo Rural scheme for the following performance areas: water safety planning process; incident response management; process control, maintenance and management skills; performance publication; and asset management. The Blue Drop scores for the past three years indicate that greater effort and commitment is required from Mkhondo Local Municipality in order to raise drinking water quality (DWQ) management practices to the required standards. These communities and visitors are hereby warned not to consume the tap water supplied in these towns without some form of acceptable disinfection home treatment. This warning will remain in place until official communication will be forthcoming from municipal management in this regard. The municipality is strongly advised to begin their DWQ turn around by initiating a water safety planning process aimed at identifying and addressing all risks within the water supply system, from source right through to the consumer. This process, once implemented will assist in addressing the shortcomings in terms of the Blue Drop criteria such as improved operational and compliance monitoring, improved management of DWQ incidents and consequently improved drinking water quality compliance. The Department acknowledges that the municipality recently appointed a Municipal Manager, a Technical Manager (who impressed the DWA Panel with his enthusiasm) and a service provider to guide them through the water safety planning process. Credit is also given for the implementation of reporting mechanisms intended to improve record keeping and the management of DWQ. According to the DWA Inspectors “The LM is committed to train process controllers’ competencies in an attempt to improve the current unacceptable situation”. Partial scores were awarded for this effort. There is also a need for DWQ results to be reported to the Department of Water Affairs on a monthly basis via the Blue Drop System (BDS) to ensure continuous management of information.  (Ref 6)

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Piet Retief  Amsterdam Driefontein /Dirkiesdorp Mkhondo Rural scheme 

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  05.05%
Regulatory Impression:  Mkhondo performed unsatisfactory and below expectations, DWA is seriously concerned about the decline of drinking water quality (DWQ) management. Microbiological compliance indicates all drinking water poses a risk of infection, DWQ data is yet to be supplied per water supply system. Data submission, for both microbiological and chemical determinands, is well below the 12 month legal requirement. DWA also noted a complete lack of operational monitoring at the water treatment works. The municipality must improve disinfection, municipal management commitment required to ensure a turn-around of the unacceptable situation. (Ref 4)

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Piet Retief  Amsterdam Driefontein /Dirkiesdorp Greater Mkhondo LM 

2010

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 : 28.6%

Regulatory Impression: Not a very good performance, but certainly a very good effort noted considering that this was the first assessment. The findings however indicate that improvement is required in all areas of DWQ management. It would be to the benefit of improved DWQ management and regulation if an urgent effort could be made to have sample points clearly defined according to the specific water supply systems on the BDS. This will allow the municipality and department to use DWQ information on Mkhondo LM more effectively.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 


2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment 

Regulatory Impression:  The plants are in the high risk category and close to the critical risk category. No compliance monitoring is being undertaken at the plants. No flow monitoring undertaken at Amsterdam and Piet Retief plant is seriously overloaded. The CRR values are negatively impacted on by the current status at these plants. The sludge technologies at both plants remain unknown. The WSA has a simple but effective action plan in place that covers the corrective actions, person responsible, impact of the resulting actions on the Works, the costs, due dates, and current status - actions giving coverage to GD criteria 1, 3, 6 and 11 that should look to improve upon their current GD scores that are less than 30%. (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREAS

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Piet Retief, Amsterdam

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012

2010/11

Municipal Green Drop Score 2010/11 : 0%

Regulatory Impression:  The Mkhondo Local Municipality has performed unacceptably as is evident from the 0% Green Drop municipal score. It is clear that all resources have been depleted at this municipality and a ‘run to failure’ approach is taken as last resort. Wastewater services are not being managed in a sustainable way and actions are purely reactive. Some in-house maintenance staff is available but overburdened with poor resources and lacking decision processes and systems. A WSP laboratory is in place, but optimal arrangements are not in place to draw sufficient value from this arrangement. Management staff is not adequately qualified or experienced to turn this situation around. The Green Drop assessment was (bravely) attended, but none of the requirements were met - resulting in a 0% GDC score. This baseline suggests that wastewater services are collapsing in terms of essential management, operations and maintenance systems.

The situation in Mkhondo is considered critical from a regulatory view and holds high risk to public health and the environment. The municipality has not been able to arrest and rectify the risk elements at any of its 2 plants. Both Piet Retief and Amsterdam is in critical risk positions, and both plants show increased risk profiles which means that it is likely that both plants will move into CRRmax position (100% risk) in the short term future. The findings require the attention of provincial and national governance, as the situation might not resolve with the current constraints on municipal level. (Ref 5)

GREEN DROP SCORE CARD

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Piet Retief, Amsterdam


Msukaligwa
Top Tel. No. 017 801 3500
Fax No. 017 801 3851
Email/Web www.msukaligwa.gov.za 
Address cnr Taute and  Church Street, PO Box 48, Ermelo, 2350
Towns: Bankkop, Breyten, Chrissiesmeer, Davel,  Ermelo, Holbank, Lothair, Sheepmoor, Warburton
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
Dams Jericho Dam, Westoe Dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:  21.20%
Regulatory Impression:  The overall performance by Msukaligwa Local Municipality reveals a slight increase in their drinking water quality (DWQ) management since the last Blue Drop assessment. Although ample room still exists for improvement, the Department of Water Affairs is encouraged to note that Msukaligwa LM heeded the advice given during the previous assessment cycle to prioritise proper demarcation of water supply systems and to develop water safety plans for each system. Municipal management are encouraged to support the efforts made in DWQ management by making funds available to ensure that existing monitoring programs can be maintained. It is also important to ensure that there is adequate monitoring coverage, especially in all the newly identified systems. DWQ in all the systems was found to be unacceptable both in terms of microbiological and chemical compliance with the South African Standard for Drinking Water (SANS 241), therefore exposing consumers to the risk of infection. Other areas requiring improvement include publication of DWQ performance against SANS 241 and effective asset management. The communities and visitors of these areas are hereby warned not to consume the tap water supplied in these towns without some form of acceptable disinfection home treatment. This warning will remain in place until official communication will be forthcoming from municipal management in this regard.  (Ref 6)

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South Works, Douglas, Davel, Breyton

Lothair

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  10.59%
Regulatory Impression:  During the on-site assessment, DWA noted as a major observation that the area of supply under Msukaligwa should be assessed under more than 1 water supply system. WSA representatives confirmed the observation, the WSA should therefore improve management and submission of information / data on the Blue Drop System (BDS) for future assessments. Proper demarcation of water supply systems should be prioritised, followed by the development of the Water Safety Plan, which should inform appropriate action across the individual Blue Drop Certification criteria. The WSA team displayed good cohesion & coordination in their different roles. NB: The Regulator is however extremely concerned with the performance of Msukaligwa, DWQ management should improve to be in line with legal requirements / international best practice. The WSA should submit a Corrective Action Plan to the Department within 30 days of release of the Blue Drop Report. (Ref 4)

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 Ermelo


2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment 
Regulatory Impression:  This Department is concerned with the 4 plants that still fall in high to critical risk categories. A positive indicator is however the 2 oxidation plantsCRR which decreased from critical to low risk rating from the previous assessment cycle. The risk rating of the plants are rated at a maximum of 95.5% due to non availability of information. No compliance monitoring appears to be undertaken at all the plants. With the exception of Ermelo, no flow metering or measurement appears to be undertaken as well. Where flow metering is taking place at Ermelo, the ADWF is exceeding the design capacity. All this does not justice to their CRR values. All of the plants have a GD score less than 30% and no corrective action plan or W2RAP appears to be considered to remedy the status quo at these plants. According to the feedback from the Municipality, Ermelo plant is the plant that enjoys the benefit of having a plan in place to improve the current situation. Although the overall indicator are positive - Msukaligwa Local Municipality is required to rectify the current poor performance which is marked by a lack of decision making data and information. The Municipality was requested to submit a Corrective Plan of Action within 30 days of the release of the report and to date no plan has been submitted to the Regional Office. This is unacceptable to the Department since it is a contradiction of the Water Services Act. Again, the Municipality must submit a Green Drop Implementation Plan within 30 days of the release of the Green Drop Progress Report. The municipality is required to give special attention to the development of W2RAP to facilitate the implementation of risk based interventions to improve compliance and to reduce the risk rating of the plants. It is imperative for the municipality to note that even though the Green Drop certification process is part of incentive-based regulation it should not be concluded that this is based on voluntary participation. Water Service Authorities and Water Service Providers are compelled under law to provide the necessary information required to do a proper analysis on the quality of the water services. (Ref 7)
GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREAS

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Ermelo, Breyton, Chrissismeer

Davel, Lothair

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012

2010/11

Municipal Green Drop Score 2010/11:  9.1%
Regulatory Impression:  The Msukaligwa 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, with the exception of some progress in terms of asset management and incident response management. The lack of monitoring of quality and flows at all the plants suggest that Msukaligwa’s wastewater management practice does not cover the most essential aspects, and sustainable management of infrastructure is questionable. The municipality is commended for taking the 1st step to submit evidence for assessment, thereby indicating their commitment to embrace change and plan towards improvement. It is however, regrettable that the municipality did not attend – and use the opportunity presented by the Confirmation Assessment to strengthen their case. It is also hoped that the service of the Gert Sibande laboratory has not been put into practice to ameliorate some of the performance negativities.

The situation in Msukaligwa is considered critical from a regulatory view and holds high risk to public health and the environment. All treatment plants have moved into a critical risk space, except Lothair which is in high risk space. There is little doubt that the increased risk trend (↑) will place these plants in 100% (maximum) risk space within the next year, if the necessary actions are not taken. The findings demand the attention of municipal management and governance. It is clear that the limited technical staff is overstretched to keep just the most basic functions running, but urgent decisions need to be taken on municipal manager level regarding additional human and funding resources. (Ref 5)

GREEN DROP SCORE CARD: 

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Ermelo, Breyton, Lothair, Chrissismeer

Davel


Pixley Ka Seme
Top Tel. No. 017 734 6100 /6101
Fax No. 017 735 3004 / 086 630 2209
Email/Web www.pixleykaseme.gov.za 
Address cnr Laingsnek and Joubert Street, Private Bag X9011, Volksrust, 2470
Towns: Amersfoort, Latemanek, Perdekop, Volksrust, Wakkerstroom
Water tariffs:

Documents
Dams Amersfoort Dam, Balfour Dam, Schuilhoek Dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:  40.7%

Regulatory Impression:  The overall performance of Pixley ka Seme Local Municipality shows a decline while the Volksrust system reveals a significance improvement more especial with the DWQ compliance. The Department however acknowledges the commitment of this municipality as noted by the DWA Inspectors “The WSA is commended in the effort of compiling the Water Safety Plan (WSP) even though it has not been implemented”. The water safety plan tabled at the assessment was found to be promising, aiming in the right direction. There is a room for improvement on the following aspects: asset management (from an asset management perspective, the asset register requires improvement to ensure that the municipality is informed on all the crucial elements of infrastructure), submission of data on a monthly basis, compliance monitoring, and process controller training. The operations and maintenance manuals also requires improvement to ensure that process controllers have access to site specific manuals. Hopefully, with the recent appointment of the technical manager more WQM issues will be prioritised. The officials are encouraged to keep up the momentum in pursuing the National common goal (which is providing safe drinking water quality). This will only be possible if a concerted effort of officials, management and decision-makers generate momentum towards the target of excellence. (Ref 6)

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Volksrust, Vukuzakhe, Wakkerstroom, Amersfoort 

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  10.59%

Regulatory Impression:  The performance of Pixley ka seme LM is satisfactorily, some gaps is however noted. Asset management, credibility of drinking water quality (DWQ) data, 12-month submission of all required compliance results, are some of the areas requiring attention. The municipality should however prioritise improvement of disinfection practices in the Volksrust and Vukuzakhe supply systems, water in these supply system were evaluated to pose an unacceptable risk to public health. (Ref 4)

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Volksrust, Vukuzakhe, Wakkerstroom, Amersfoort 


2012 Green Drop Risk Assessment 

Regulatory Impression:    The Pixley Local Municipality progress report reveals that limited progress is made, but the municipality mostly fails the primary responsibilities of its mandate to effectively manage its wastewater services. According to this cycle the risk rating for all the WWTWs still reside in high risk. The Department again, request the Municipality to pay an urgent attention to this portfolio by submitting a Green Drop Improvement plan (GDIP) and submit to the Department within 30 days from the date of the release of this report. The contributing parameters to the high risk scenarios remain to be the lack of information and unadequate compliance data available on the GDS. Another contributing factor was a very late submission of PAT, this is construed as non-compliance and maximum no. of effluent failures per plant effected. However, the Department is encouraged by the Volksrust and Vukuzakhe WWTWs which are being upgraded, although it is questioned how upgrades can be effected when baseline to inform such decisions (no flow) is known? The Department commends the municipality initiating the development of W2RAP to facilitate the implementation of risk based interventions to improve compliance and to reduce the risk rating of the plants (the GDIP should be incorporated to the W2RAP). (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREAS

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Volksrust, Vukuzahke, Wakkerstroom

Amersfoort, Perdekop
2010/11 Green Drop Score 2010/11 : 54.2%

Regulatory Impression:   The Pixley ka Seme Local Municipality has improved markedly since the 2009 Green Drop status and achieved a municipal score 54.2% in 2010/11. The performance is still not meeting the requirements of the regulation programme, but certainly moving into a position of strength. The WSA has a comprehensive WSDP and Bylaws in place. Eight year monitoring results are noted and recent training in water and wastewater treatment took place. The close cooperation with the Gert Sibande DM, DBSA and Netherlands partnership is noted and confirm that progress is also made on matters of Water Demand Management and revenue enhancement. However, the Green Drop results indicate that specific gaps can be addressed to ensure a continued improvement in the upcoming GDC assessment cycle. The key shortcomings pertain to credibility and submission of results, effluent quality compliance and incident response management. O&M manuals or Standard Operating Protocols are not in place for all systems. In-house expertise on wastewater treatment is inadequate and create an over reliance on WSPs. Sewer collection and treatment capacity planning are compromised by the lack of flow monitoring at the Volksrust and Wakkerstroom plants, whilst Vukuzakhe has already exceeded its ADWF design capacity.

Analysis of the risk profiles of the treatment plant indicates that attention should be given to this portfolio. Four of the 5 plants reside in high risk positions and all plants, except Perdekop, follow a trend of increased risk over the past year. Decisive action and resources are required to get the WSA treatment plants up to standard and within the requirements of the law. The introduction of a risk-based approach may assist in allocating scarce resources to higher risk infrastructure and processes. (Ref 5)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Volksrust, Vukuzahke, Amersfoort

Perdekop, Wakkerstroom
2009 Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score:  21%

Regulatory Impression:    In terms of the overall Green Drop Assessment, the Municipalities are performing very poorly. Generic improvement areas for all the works are compliance in terms of: Process Controller skills levels, WWQ compliance, Management response to wastewater failures, and Management planning relating to the WWTW capacity.   (Ref 3)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Pixley Ka Seme LM  2009

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