MUNICIPAL CONTACTS: Western Cape: Eden District Municipality

  Cape Winelands Central Karoo City of Cape Town Overberg West Coast

Eden District Municipality
Local Municicpality
Bitou LM
George LM
Kannaland LM
Knysna LM
Hessequa LM
Mossel Bay
Oudtshoorn
Top Eden District Municipality (DC 4)

Tel. No. 044 803 1300 (switchboard)      ;   044 803 1445 (Municipal Manager)
Fax No. 044 874 6626
Email/Web admin@edendm.co.za   ;  www.edendm.co.za 
Address

54 York Street, George, 6530  ;  PO Box 12, George, 6530

Towns: Albertinia, Askraal, Avontuur, Barrington, Bergplaas, Blanco, Brandrivier, Brandwag, Brenton-on-Sea, Buffels Bay, Buffelsdrif, Calitzdorp, Dana Bay, Daskop, De Rust, Die Vlug, Droëvlakte, Dysselsdorp, George, Groenfontein, Groot Jongensfontein, Gouritsmond, Groot Brak River, Grootkraal, Haarlem, Hartenbos, Heidelberg, Herbertsdale, Herold, Herolds Bay, Hondewater, Hoopvol, Johnson's Post, Karatara, Kareevlakte, Keurboomsrivier, Klein Brakrivier, Kleinplaat, Knysna, Koutjie, Kruisrivier, Ladismith, Langberg, Malgas, Matjiesrivier, Matjiesvlei, Molenrivier, Mossel Bay, Nature's Valley, Niekerkshek, Noll, Oosgam, Oudtshoorn, Pacaltsdorp, Plathuis, Plettenberg Bay, Port Beaufort,  Riethuiskraal, Riversdale, Rondevlei, Ruitersbos, Schoemanshoek, Sedgefield, Sinksbrug, Speelmanskraal, Strawberry Hill, Stil Bay East, Still Bay West, The Crags, Uniondale, Van Wyksdorp, Vermaaklikheid, Victoria Bay, Vleesbaai, Vleidam, Volmoed, Wilderness, Witsand, Wittedrif, Zaaimansdal, Zoar
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview water infrastructure

Documents
Dams: Afgunst Dam, Calitzdorp Dam, Duiwenshokrivier Dam, Ernst Robertson Dam, Hartebeeskuil Dam, Kammanassie Dam, Klipheuwel Dam, Korinte Vet Dam, Kruin Roete Dam, Mellville Dam, Miertjieskraal Dam, Prinsrivier Dam, Raubenheimer Dam, Stompdrift Dam, Swart River Dam, Wolwedans Dam, Zandfontein Dam

Waste Water Treatment Works
2011 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  18.67%
Regulatory Impression:  It is rather clear that Eden District Municipality is not prioritizing the management of drinking water quality as one of its core responsibilities.  However the municipality is adding great value within its overall area of jurisdiction by ensuring good environmental health.  The Blue Drop Inspectors were left unimpressed with the general lack of information which compromised any chance of a good performance.  The reported performance suggests that an overall improvement is required to ensure that the residents of Haarlem and Uniondale are not at risk. Evidently the skills are in place to realize this expectation.  The municipality is encouraged to ensure that the BDS registered monitoring programme is aligned to the realistic sampling programme being implemented.  The current situation will always negatively affect Blue Drop Inspections.

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Haarlem, Uniondale

2010 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  23.5%
Regulatory Impression:  Only a slight improvement is recorded but not sufficient to instil confidence. There is serious reason for concern since the performance is indicative of a low commitment level to drinking water quality management in the areas the District Municipality is taking responsibility for. This is most unfortunate especially since the Department is lauding the Environmental Health Practitioner work done by the DM within the drinking water quality business of other Local Municipalities in the area.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance

2009 Blue Drop Score
  • Average Blue Drop Score: 11%

  • Average DWQ Compliance: 90%(Based on one system)

Regulatory Impression:Drastic and urgent improvement of DWQ management in both water supply systems are required to ensure that the communities could trust that continued safe water is supplied to them.  (Ref 1)

BLUE DROP SCORE CARD

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Eden 2009


2012 Green Drop Risk Assessment

Regulatory Impression: Eden DM has not responded to the PAT review session or submitted updated information for review. The no monitoring status seems to continue and no evidence that the 2 plants are receiving attention can be noted. Both plants remain in high and critical risk space, and regulatory surveillance will intensify  (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREA

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Haarlem, Uniondale

Risk Trend Assessment 2008-2012

2010/11 Green Drop Score : 8.0%

Regulatory Impression:The Green Drop assessment revealed that Eden District Municipality is responsible for the wastewater services function in Haarlem and Uniondale but evidently the municipality is yet to commence management thereof. The vast majority of requirements could not be assessed due to lack of information. This poses a huge risk to the effective management of these services as depicted by the very high cumulative risk ratings recorded. It is only to be expected that a significant improvement should be planned for and implemented soonest to prevent further deterioration of this fundamental basic service. Overall, Eden did not impress with their performance. (Ref 5)

GREEN DROP SCORE CARD

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Harlem, Uniondale


Top Bitou (WC 047)

Tel. No. 044 501 3000   
Fax No. 044 533 6198
Email/Web  apaulse@plett.gov.za (Acting Municipal Manager) ;   www.plett.gov.za
Address Private Bag 1002, Plettenberg Bay , 6600   :  
Towns: Keurboomsrivier, Nature's Valley, Plettenberg Bay, The Crags, Wittedrif
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview water infrastructure

Documents
Dams:

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012 : 97.74%%
Plettenberg Bay, Kurland, Nature Valley
Regulatory Impression:  Bitou Local Municipality once again sets the benchmark for many smaller municipalities with regards to effective drinking water quality management. The highly passionate and committed officials are commended for their remarkable efforts to maintain excellence in their daily operations and therefore deserve the recognition through this certification. In spite of the accolades of the previous audit further improvements were recorded for this reporting cycle. The municipality can proudly hoist the Blue Drop flag in all three of their water supply systems which is a rare feat for a municipality of its size and capacity. A 100% score was a definite possibility if it were not found that the chemical monitoring records reflected a limited number of determinants being tested as part of the continuous monitoring programme. This is required to be aligned to the risk assessment’s full SANS 241 assessment. Nevertheless, it is repeated this year again, that the Department has complete confidence in the manner drinking water quality is being managed by this municipality. Bitou surely deserve the prestigious certification for all three systems. (Ref 6)

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Plettenberg Bay, Kurland, Nature Valley

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011 : 96.12%%
Plettenberg Bay, Kurland, Nature Valley
Regulatory Impression:  In spite of Blue Drop criteria becoming increasingly implementation focused, Bitou Local Municipality once again impressed with a phenomenal performance, justifying the allocation of the prestigious certification for the 3 systems. The inspectors conducted an onsite verification audit at the Plettenberg Bay water treatment plant and found it in an impeccable state.  An amendment to the chlorine sampling point might be required to ensure optimum readings are obtained.  The current point (sump) is not favourable due to zero flow velocity noted in this part of the plant.  The Blue Drop inspectors were rather impressed with the operations of the Plettenberg Bay: “The WTW is well managed and still ooperating under the design capacity.  The process controllers from this plant are well skilled, enthusiastic and passionate about their  work.” The capacity challenges in Nature’s Valley are noted.  The plans to increase the capacity to balance the peak (holiday) season demand will be monitored to ensure that the risk of compromised treatment is mitigated.  Nevertheless an exceptional performance once again, leaving the Department with complete confidence in the manner drinking water quality is being managed within the Bitou Municipality. (ref 4)

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Plettenberg Bay, Kurland, Nature Valley

2010

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  97.7%
  Plettenberg Bay/Bitou ; Natures Valley ; Kurland
Regulatory Impression:  Another exceptional Blue Drop performance is recorded by Bitou Local Municipality. The incredible performance during the assessment warrants the allocation of the prestigious award to all three water supply systems. The Department trust that the municipality will continue this performance to maintain its Blue Drop status in years to come. Most noteworthy of this performance was the effort by this small municipality to draft their own water safety plan without specialist assistance. This is most commendable and serves as motivation to other municipalities that good and effective water safety plans could be drafted by those who know their systems best.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance

2009

Blue Drop Score

  • AverageBlueDropScore: 96.78%

  • AverageDWQCompliance: 99%

Regulatory Impression: The Municipality is performing very well and has managed to ensure Blue Drop status for the water supply system of Plettenberg Bay. *Nature’s Valley also scored within the limits for certification, however due to the current state of treatment infrastructure subsequent to flooding ,it has been decided not toissue Blue Drop Status at this point int ime. The municipal officials’ commitment to DWQ Management and treatment is commendable. (Ref 1)

BLUE DROP SCORE CARD

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Bitou 2009


2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment

Regulatory Impression:  Bitou continues to impress. The risk ratings for both WWTWs remain low due to the excellent final effluent compliance, the availability of the requisite O&M staff and the operating flow well within the design capacity for each WWTW. The development and implementation of the W2RAP will ensure sustainable excellence in performance of the plants and the expectation of improved GS compliance. The Regulator is of the opinion that Bitou presents some of the best run and managed plants and networks in South Africa and is clearly intent to maintain this status through continuous involvement in the schools, community, and environment. The Council’s involvement and commitment to the administrative and technical staff is appreciated and serves as trigger for continuous improvement.  (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREA

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Kurland, Plettenberg Bay

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012

2010/11

Green Drop Score 2010/11: 96.4%
Kurland, Plettenberg Bay

Regulatory Impression:  The Department’s Green Drop assessment team was left highly impressed by the performance of Bitou Local Municipality. The municipal team’s enthusiasm, dedication, record-keeping and eagerness to learn counted amongst the commendable attributes of this successful outfit. The municipal score of 96.43% is outstanding and makes the authority worthy of its place in the Top 10 Green Drop Municipalities in the country. The improvement since the 2009 assessment could have only been possible due to praiseworthy commitment from a small team responsible for the operations and management of wastewater services within a small municipality. Bitou Local Municipality now serves as benchmark to all of the country’s smaller municipalities that are endeavouring towards the same feat. The risk determination for the two systems also found of the lowest cumulative risk ratings nationally, mostly due to excellent recordkeeping of operational verification and other monitoring results. The Department took note (with appreciation) of the WIN-SA efforts to take the story of Bitou to other municipalities, to learn from their hard work and to implement similar processes elsewhere. It would be beneficial nationally should this innovation proceed; to serve as inspiration to other water service authorities to target similar performances in the future. (Ref 5)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Kurland, Plettenberg Bay

2009

Green Drop Score 2009

  • Average Green Drop Score: 78%

Regulatory Impression:  In terms of the overall Green Drop Assessment, the Municipality is performing quite well. Most of the works scored wel labove 70%.  The WWTWs still require more improvement in relation to WWQ compliance, Kurland WWTW must improve on Operational Monitoring of WWQ. (Ref 3)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Bitou LM _ 2009


Top George (WC 044)
Tel. No. 044 801 9111
Fax No. 044 873 3776
Email/Web www.george.org.za
Address PO Box 19, George, 6530  
Towns: Bergplaas, Blanco, George, Herold, Herolds Bay, Kleinplaat, Pacaltsdorp, Rondevlei, Victoria Bay, Wilderness
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
Dams: Afgunst Dam, Kruin Roete Dam, Swart River Dam
2012 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012: 98.12%

George, Wilderness

Regulatory Impression:  The inspectors indicated: “[We] observed excellent leadership by Mr Jansen, good team dynamics as demonstrated by enthusiastic participation and commitment towards continuous improvement by management. Continuing education for process controllers is critical to maintain good performance, in particular for systems recently transferred from Eden DM.” Once again a sound performance, in particular at the George water supply system, is noted. Unfortunately the decline at Wilderness taints the overall performance to a certain degree. Winter floods were presented as the reason for major disruptions in this town causing stagnant water to be sampled and thus sketching a skew picture of the water quality trend. However the Department also notes failures recorded in the earlier part of the year (2011) and will monitor developments in this regard. The municipality is required to improve the situation and communicate the interventions that result into good drinking water quality trends to the residents. The systems of Haarlem and Uniondale were not assessed since it was agreed that they were transferred from Eden District Municipality during the latter part of the assessment cycle. The municipality is encouraged to implement thorough risk management processes (similar to those employed in George) as soon as possible to ensure that public health is safe-guarded. Overall municipal performance determination will include the compliance levels of these two systems during the next audit cycle. (Ref 6)

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George, Wilderness

2011 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011: 96.26%

George, Wilderness

Regulatory Impression:  George Local Municipality once again did exceptionally well during the assessments; in the process retaining Blue Drop Certification for the George system, but also lifting Wilderness towards the coveted achievement. In the words of the Lead Inspector: “ The WSA was well prepared and is committed to the Blue Drop programme.  They have competent people looking after the plant and distribution system.  It was a pleasure to assess them. The Municipality is encouraged to proceed on this new path of excellence since this achievement is not guaranteed but will only be maintained.  The municipality must also ensure that the data submission to the Department complies with BDS requirements.  Failure to do so might lead to deterioration of this inspirational experience. (ref 4)

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George, Wilderness

2010 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  96.9%
  George
Regulatory Impression:  In spite of increased Blue Drop requirements for 2010, George Local Municipality maintained an excellent performance and thereby retained its Blue Drop Certification for the George supply system. The municipality certainly adapted well and scored an impressive “A” for both Asset Management and Water Safety Planning. With slight adjustments at the Wilderness supply system, especially the actual water quality, the certification prospect is not far fetched. Urgent attention is required from a chemical compliance perspective in this system.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance

2009 Blue Drop Score
  • Average Blue Drop Score: 100%

  • Average DWQ Compliance: 99%

Regulatory Impression: A classic example of exceptional drinking water quality management. The municipality is encouraged to proceed setting the benchmark.  (Ref 1)

BLUE DROP SCORE CARD

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George_ 2009


2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment
Regulatory Impression:  Although the risk rating has shown a slight increase, the municipality is pro-actively responding to the issues impacting on final effluent compliance and improving on preventative maintenance and response times. The average effluent compliance has increased and is expected to further improve with the improvement in disinfection. The risk based approach to identifying and addressing risks has been initiated and will be extended to address all issues of concern. This approach will facilitate the reduction of the risk rating and improving GD compliance. (Ref 7)
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Outeniqua, Gwaing, Kleinkrans, Herolds Bay

Risk Trend Analysis

2010/11

Green Drop Score 2010/11:  91.0%
Gwaing
Regulatory Impression:  George Local Municipality once again performed excellently in spite of various challenges experienced over the assessment period (this included a severe drought). This excellent performance was rewarded by obtaining Green Drop certification status for the Gwaing wastewater system. However effluent quality compliance challenges prevented Outeniqua and Kleinkrans to retain its Green Drop status. The Department noted acted upon the municipality’s challenge to compensate for microbiological compliance by slightly exceeding chlorine levels subsequent to optimum dosing. The overall Municipal Score speaks volumes of another remarkable Operations and Management performance by this Local Municipality (making it a worthy national top 10 performer). The Department therefore remains confident that this Authority will regain the coveted certification status for the two mentioned systems soon, should they build upon this recorded performance. Herolds Bay (even though much smaller in comparison and also performing extremely well for an oxidation ponds system) still requires the necessary attention to perform on par with the set standard. (Ref 5)
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Outeniqua, Gwaing, Kleinkrans, Herolds Bay

2009

Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score: 94%
Outeniqua, Kleinkrantz
Regulatory Impression:   As can be seen, the overall WWQ management performance of George Municipality is very good.  Out of the 3 WWTWs assessed, 2 achieved scores of 100%. These were the Outeniqua and Kleinkrans WWTWs.  These WWTWs qualify for Green Drop Status. Gwaing still requires more improvement, specifically in relation to WWQ compliance.  (Ref 3)
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George LM _ 2009

Top Kannaland (WC 041)
Tel. No. 028 551 1023
Fax No. 028 551 1766 
Email/Web info@kannaland.co.za   ;  www.kannaland.gov.za 
Address PO Box 30, Ladismith, 6655 ; Church Street, Ladismith, 6655 
Towns: Brandrivier, Calitzdorp, Groenfontein, Hondewater, Kareevlakte, Kruisrivier, Ladismith, Matjiesvlei, Oosgam, Plathuis, Van Wyksdorp, Zoar
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
Dams: Calitzdorp Dam, Prinsrivier Dam
2012 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012 : 28.47%
Regulatory Impression:  The performance of Kannaland Local Municipality can only be described as disappointing due to the huge decline in score recorded when compared with the highly praised performance of the 2011 cycle. The municipality is challenged for resources and could hardly afford the loss of its DBSA deployee. The inspectors however found the Superintendent Water and Sanitation to be keen to perform his duties according to Blue Drop requirements but require intensive guidance on the prerequisites for effective drinking water quality management. Also would municipal management be informed that more financial resources/budget be required to implement according to Blue Drop expectation. In the absence of the above-mentioned the Department would hereby state its concern to the communities residing in the various communities of Kannaland (especially Van Wyksdorp) to note that drinking water quality management is not taking place according to regulatory expectations. This will remain until the Department is assured of risk control measures implementation to ensure water which at least would be continuously disinfected. (Ref 6)

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Calitzdorp, Ladismith, Van Wyksdorp, Zoar

2011 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011 : 55.50%
Regulatory Impression:  The improvement recorded since the 2010 assessments is certainly praise worthy.  As with the Green drop this small municipality evidently committed itself to adhere to the regulatory criteria inspite of limited resources but with impressive commitment.  However there remain specific areas (Vanwyksvlei and Zoar) demanding urgent attention though.  Compliance records in these areas are certainly not favourable. The inspectors found that there was significant improvement in the performance subsequent to the confirmation session.  This is welcomed and servers as testimony that the consultative audits of the Blue Drop programme are adding value. (ref 4)

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Calitzdorp, Ladismith, Van Wyksdorp, Zoar

2010 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  19.4%
Regulatory Impression:  It is encouraging that this under-resourced municipality managed to record improvement during the last assessment. This is however not according to expectation; therefore the Department would urge Municipal Management to prioritise drinking water quality management improvement.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance

2009 Blue Drop Score
  • Average Blue Drop Score: 11.92%

  • Average DWQ Compliance: 83.9%

Regulatory Impression:There is a serious need for drastic improvement of overall DWQManagement. It is important that decision makers within this municipality prioritize the enhancement of DWQM before all could have complete trust that safe tap water will be supplied continuously. (Ref 1)

BLUE DROP SCORE CARD

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Kannaland 2009


2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment
Regulatory Impression: KLM team is enthusiastic and eager in learning to ensure continuous improvement in wastewater management. Zoar WWTW is the only works that falls within the critical risk, it has moved from 77.8% to 88.24% and this is due to the fact that the final effluent discharged into the receiving environment are not compliant. Calitzdorp and Ladismith WWTW have moved from the high and medium positions to a low risk. KLM need to prioritise the installation of the flow meters at Zoar and Calitzdorp WWTW as well as drawing up a Green Drop Improvement Plan and the W2RAP since they are not in place. (Ref 7)
GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREA

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Ladismith, Zoar, Calitzdorp

Risk Trend Analysis

2010/11

Green Drop Score 2010/11: 49.1%
Regulatory Impression:  Since the 2009 Green Drop assessment Kannaland Local Municipality took huge strides towards improving wastewater management at all of its systems. This is most encouraging and admirable in spite of significant improvement still required at Calitzdorp and Zoar. The Department is also impressed by the dedication shown by this smaller municipality to get a monitoring programme in place and to deliver credible results as a result. (This practice must be extended to Calitzdorp). These results however imply that process optimisation is still vital to ensure that effluent of improved quality is produced. (ref 5)
GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Ladismith, Zoar, Calitzdorp

2009

Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score: 15%
Regulatory Impression:    In terms of the overall Green Drop Assessment, the Municipality is performing poorly.  Generic improvement areas for all the works are compliance in terms of: Registration and classification of the works as well as the operating staff, WWQ Monitoring Programme Efficiency, Regular submission of WWQ information to DWA, WWQ compliance, Management response to Waste Water Failures, and Management planning relating to the WWTW capacity. A substantial adjustment by the WSA is required in relation to the above matters before the various works would qualify for Green Drop status.   (Ref 3)
GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Kannaland LM _ 2009


Top Knysna (WC 048)

Tel. No. 044 302 6300
Fax No. 044 302 6333
Email/Web knysna@knysna.gov.za    www.knysnamunicipality.co.za
Address PO Box 21, Knysna, 6570
Towns: Barrington, Brenton-on-Sea, Buffels Bay, Karatara, Knysna,  Sedgefield  
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
2012 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012: 92.00%

Karatara

Regulatory Impression:  Again a very encouraging performance is noted. The Knysna Local Municipality did extremely well in the face of various challenges, particularly in terms of water scarcity. The certification status regained for Karatara is well deserved even though the water supply system of Knysna came very close as well. If it were not for the seven out of 19 Aluminium failures recorded over the audit period, this system would most certainly also have obtained the coveted Blue Drop certification. Once again the Department is calling upon the municipality to prioritise coagulant process optimisation in light of the varying raw water quality to minimise the likelihood of chemical quality failure. There is also space for improvement in the rather conservative chemical monitoring programme implemented in systems like the one at Sedgefield. In addition to this the need for process audits are required to ensure that treatment facilities operate as effectively as possible since this is the most important control measure in the entire risk management process. The need for process audits is even higher when considering the advanced technology (such as the desalination processes) employed in Knysna and Sedgefield. (Ref 6)

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Sedgefield, Buffalo Bay, Karatara and Knysna Rheenendal
2011 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011: 89.76%
Regulatory Impression:  The Blue Drop performance of the Knysna Local Municipality is noted once again as rather impressive and has performed better than most municipalities nationally.  Once again the scores serves as promise of overall Blue Drop status being imminent. However a slight overall decline caused the Karatara system to lose its Blue Drop status.  This decline could be accounted to the status of the water safety planning that remained unchanged since this previous assessment in 2010.  Inspite of high commitment levels portrayed by officials, it is with regret that Department notes that recommendations made during the late 2010 assessment with regards to the Water Safety Plan process was not acted upon.  This detrimentally affected the scores that could have been even more impressive that what it currently is. (ref 4)

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Buffalo Bay, Karatara and Knysna Rheenendal, Sedgefield
2010 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  75.2%
  Karatara
Regulatory Impression:  Knysna Local Municipality once again impressed during the Blue Drop assessments; reasonably high scores were obtained which is indicative of commitment levels to drinking water quality management. A well deserved Blue Drop Certification was obtained for the water supply system of Karatara. All the systems have in place what is required to manage according to the Blue Drop requirements, however acceptable in stead of excellent microbiological water quality is generally distributed. Chemical quality also requires attention. Once this has been dealt with, more Blue Drop systems can be expected.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance (Table 1) Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance (Table 2)

2009 Blue Drop Score
  • Average Blue Drop Score: 91.6%

  • Average DWQ Compliance: 99%

RegulatoryImpression: The Knysna Municipality is managing its water supply systems with distinction since all scored exceptionally well. The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry is urging the municipality to give serious attention to the slightly elevated Aluminum levels in some of its systems as soon as possible.  This, as well as the* water security challenges in Sedgefield prevents the Department to be at liberty to award Blue Drop status to this qualifying water supply system at this stage. (Ref 1)

BLUE DROP SCORE CARD

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Knysna 2009


2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment
Regulatory Impression: A competent team from the Knysna LM attended the Green Drop PAT confirmation session. The main challenge of the WWTWs for Knysna LM is the compliance monitoring in terms of the National Water Act set standards as per the specific authorisation. The risk rating for all WWTW ranges from low risk to a high risk. Karatara has the lowest risk compared with the Knysna 2 with the highest risk. Knysna LM will be upgrading the works within the next financial year in order to treat effluent to comply with the required standards (special limit). Corrective plans are also being developed to improve compliance on the Knysna 1 plant. The Knysna 2 works needs urgent attention since it has moved extremely from low to high risk with the conclusion that it does not comply with any of the required standards. (Ref 7)
GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREA
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Belvedere,Sedgefield-Hartenbos, Rheenedal, Knysna 1

Knysna 2, Brenton-on-Sea, Karatara

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012

2010/11

Green Drop Score 2010/11:  60.8%
Regulatory Impression: The assessment team found various areas of excellence within the performance of Knysna Local Municipality but overall it would be the persistent non-compliance of effluent quality with the set limits that once again blemished the Green Drop scoring. The relatively low cumulative risk ratings suggest that the municipality are reasonably capable of managing all possible known risks which is an encouraging fact. However it remains unfortunate that the municipality could not build on the 2009 performance, but there remains sufficient reason to approach the next assessment with much optimism. Reason being; in the words of the Lead Assessor: "Knysna LM still have a lot of work to do before achieving Green Drop Status, however they displayed great commitment and it is obvious that they are making every effort to meet the required standards. A significant amount of effort has been made by this municipality on the Green Drop Certification, even since the Initial Assessments conducted in August." (Ref 5)
GREEN DROP REPORT CARD
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Belvedere, Brenton on Sea, Rheenedal, Knysna 1

Knysna 2, Sedgefield, Karatara

2009

Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score: 76%
Regulatory Impression:  In terms of the overall Green Drop Assessment, the Municipality is performing quite good as most of the works scored well above 70%.  Generic improvement areas for all the works  are compliance in terms of: Registration and classification of the works, Registration and classification of operating staff( Rheenendal & Brenton), and WWQ compliance. It is believed that with some slight adjustments by the WSA, in relation to the above matters, there is a potential for the various works to qualify for Green Drop status. (Ref 3)
GREEN DROP REPORT CARD
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Knysna LM _ 2009

Top Hessequa  (WC 042)

Tel. No. 0287138000  ;  0287138001 (Municipal manager: Johan Jacobs)
Fax No. 028 713 3146
Email/Web www.hessequa.gov.za 
Address Private Bag 29, Riversdal, 6670
Towns: Albertinia, Askraal, Brandrivier, Droëvlakte, Groot Jongensfontein, Gouritsmond, Heidelberg, Langberg, Malgas, Niekerkshek, Port Beaufort,  Riethuiskraal, Riversdale, Strawberry Hill, Stil Bay East, Still Bay West, Vermaaklikheid, Vleidam, Witsand
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
Dams: Duiwenshokrivier Dam, Korinte Vet Dam, Miertjieskraal Dam, Zandfontein Dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012: 35.59%
Regulatory Impression:  The Department notes a slight improvement even though overall performance is still well below the expected standard. The improvement steered by the support from Overberg Water in the Heidelberg system is most heartening. Unfortunately due to system set-up (inclusion of Heidelberg, Slangrivier and Witsand into one) it might be reason that even further improvement is not recorded. It was found that the microbiological failures occurred exclusively in the Slangrivier town but unfortunately affected the entire system score. Another shortcoming was the erratic compliance monitoring; to the extent where the department cannot confidently record drinking water quality to be acceptable based upon this insufficient number of samples taken. An improved, structured, risk-informed monitoring programme is required to be designed and implemented on a continuous basis. The space for improvement is so vast that it’s would not do justice to only mention shortcomings in this report. It would be best if intensive support is initiated to the benefit of public health across the Hessequa area of jurisdiction. The situation remains lamentable. The Lead Inspector noted: “With further guidance from DWA WC office, Hessequa LM could perform better. The willingness to improve was evident among the personnel present at the assessment.” (Ref 6)

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Albertinia, Gouritzmond, Riversdale, Jongensfontein Heidelberg, Still Bay, Melkhoutfontein

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011: 14.10%
Regulatory Impression:  The non-commitment of Hessequa Local Municipality officials to adhere to regulatory requirements set by the Department to safeguard public health is lamentable; hence the poor Blue Drop performance.  The municipality is required to ensure that performance agreements of these officials include crucial elements such as continuous drinking water quality monitoring, and to take the necessary disciplinary steps once public health is at risk due to non-performance.  It might be that work overload could prevent that sufficient time is given to drinking water quality management but unfortunately it cannot be justified when such action could lead to public health being compromised.  According to records this municipality only monitored drinking water quality thrice in 2010 (April, May and July).  Due to this erratic monitoring pattern it is unfortunate that both municipality and communities won’t have access to information to verify the quality of the water supplied. (Ref 4)

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Albertinia, Gouritzmond, Heidelberg, Jongensfontein Riversdale, Slangrivier, Stillbaai, Witsand

2010

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  46.2%
Regulatory Impression:  Except for the Heidelberg system where Blue Drop Certification is eminent, the rest of the systems (especially Still Bay, Jongensfontein and Gouritzmond) are not managed according to expectation. The report card serves as guide as to where improvement is required. The Department and receiving communities would appreciate it if the municipality could prove its commitment to drinking water quality management by at least performing the basic improvements that might not require massive capital input. The performance of the Heidelberg water supply system is most encouraging. Unacceptable Chemical compliance (as well as irregular data submission) prevented it from achieving the prestigious Blue Drop Award.

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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 increasing risk rating could be linked to the lack of compliance in terms of monitoring data and compliance with regulations 2834 with regard to operating and maintenance staff, as well as lack of influent flow monitoring at all the WWTWs. A Green drop compliance implementation plan is urgently required for an appropriate action plan to improve compliance with GD and reduce the risk rating at each WWTW. Three of the plants reside in high risk positions, however no funds have been allocated to rectify this situation, with the exception of the work done at Riversdale.  (Ref 7)
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Witsand, Jongensfontein, Riversdale, Heidelberg

Melkhoutfontein, Albertina, Gouritsmond

Slangrivier, Stilbaai, Garcia

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012

2010/11

Green Drop Score 2010/11:  49.7%
Regulatory Impression: With exception of the Riversdale, Still Bay and Garcia systems, the management of wastewater services in Hessequa’s area of jurisdiction is not up to standard as yet. However the Department is encouraged by the strides made since this is the first assessment for this particular municipality. Future improvement is highly likely should the municipality build upon this performance over the next assessment cycle. The quality of Hessequa’s presentation was compromised due to the non availability of information at systems such as Jongensfontein, Gouritsmond, Slangrivier and Witsand. It is noted that this is a smaller municipality with a large area under its jurisdiction but it remains the expectation that the health of the environment (especially the water courses) are protected from wastewater pollution. This risk must be managed effectively. The municipality is therefore encouraged to set tangible risk-based targets according to the calculated cumulative risk ratings and ensure sustainable improvements in this regard. Capital investment is also required for the upgrading of some systems since it is recorded that at least 4 systems are served by wastewater treatment facilities that either approach design capacity or exceed in terms of operational volumes treated. (Ref 5)
GREEN DROP REPORT CARD
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Jongensfontein, Albertina, Gouritzmond, Slangrivier

Witsand, Heidelberg, Riversdale, Stilbaai

Melkhoutfontein, Garcia


Top Mossel Bay  (WC 034)

Tel. No. 044 606 5000
Fax No. 044 606 5062
Email/Web admin@mosselbay.gov.za        ;  www.mosselbaymun.co.za 
Address Private Bag X29, Mossel Bay, 6500  ; 101 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay 6500
Towns: Brandwag, Dana Bay, Groot Brak River, Hartenbos, Herbertsdale, Johnson's Post, Klein Brakrivier, Mossel Bay, Ruitersbos, Sinksbrug, Vleesbaai
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
Dams: Ernst Robertson Dam, Hartebeeskuil Dam, Klipheuwel Dam, Wolwedans Dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012: 95.68%

Mossel Bay, Ruiterbos

Regulatory Impression:  The Department found the overall drinking water quality management performance of Mossel Bay Local Municipality to comply excellently with the set requirements and thus worthy to maintain its Blue Drop certification status for the Mossel Bay and Friemersheim water supply systems. In spite of this remarkable achievement, there would remain areas for improvement which requires attention. The Department took note of an unfortunate incident that occurred in December 2011when a rare lapse in process control caused discoloured water to enter in a portion of the supply system of Hartenbosch. The reported incident management control was found to be acceptable since public health was never at risk and that the unpleasing aesthetic nature of the water was dealt with within acceptable time-frame. It was also reported that the municipality is busy with disciplinary procedures against the responsible process controller. The Department is also aware of complaints regarding the reported unacceptable response to claims regarding the incident and wish to request the municipality to deal with this as speedily as possible. The latter is spoiling the commendable manner in which this incident was handled. The Lead Inspector noted: “Mossel Bay Municipality is commended on the hard work that was put in the preparations of the 2012 BD assessments. The municipality can definitely be praised on their team work, and they showed commitment to respond to the gaps identified in the initial assessments. The water safety plan for all systems was revised, and now the municipality is working towards the implementation of the new plan. They however can give attention to their monitoring programme on the BDS especially for the smaller systems, as monitoring should take place according to their registered programme.” The Department is convinced that with a little bit more effort (continued throughout the period to be assessed), Mossel Bay Local Municipality can achieve Blue Drop certification status for all its systems. But this will not be achieved if preparation is left late. Implementation should be continuous.  (Ref 6)

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Mossel Bay, Friemersheim, Ruiterbos, Herbertsdale Lodewykstenk

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011: 95.27%

Mossel Bay, Ruiterbos

Regulatory Impression:  Mossel Bay Local Municipality is certainly one of the Blue Drop success stories.  A water services authority that was inspired by this incentive-based regulation approach to implement all stringent criteria with the commendable dedication required.  The Department salutes all the officials, management and decision makers that contributed to this remarkable enhancement in drinking water quality management.  They certainly deserve the Blue Drop status for Mossel Bay and Ruiterbos.  This municipality was seriously challenged by water shortages but this did not prevent them from continuing ensuring that the water complies with the South African National Standard.  This is a remarkable feat.  The introduction of desalination technology as well as ground water augmentation eased the demand and constraints but also introduced a new dimension for quality management.  The Klein Brak and Sandhoogte water treatment plants were subjected to a verification audit and both impressed with efficient functionality.  There would be a few issues to be noted though as mentioned below of the water supplied. (REF 4)

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Mossel Bay, Friemersheim, Ruiterbos Hebertsdale and Lodewykstenk

2010

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  84.5%
Regulatory Impression:  The Mossel Bay Municipality made tremendous in-roads towards achieving Blue Drop status and this have resulted in a significant improvement on the scores obtained during the previous assessment. The Department trust that the Authority will build upon this most promising performance during the next assessment cycle. The evident concerted effort is indicative of the desired commitment to be seen in DWQ management. It is however required that regular DWQ data submission occurs at the required intervals. Monitoring programmes must be amended to include regular operational monitoring and the relevant compliance monitoring at the required frequencies. The implementation of the water safety plan should assist in this process.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 
2009 Blue Drop Score
  • Average Blue Drop Score: 33.5%

  • Average DWQ Compliance: 96.2%
Regulatory Impression: The municipality must give urgent attention to the supply systems of  Ruiterbos, Hebertsdale and Buisplaas.  But generally managed of drinking water quality could be classified as good.  The target compliance of 97% isyet to be reached in the Great Brak and Klein Brak areas. (Ref 1)
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2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment
Regulatory Impression:  The risk rating has increased at 6 of the WWTWs due to poor effluent compliance. Effluent quality is impacted by: return of RO brine to maturation ponds at Mossel Bay WWTW; the impact of a tannery effluent at Pinnacle Point exacerbated by the drought conditions; algae contamination at Ruiterbos and Grootbak; the upgrading of Fremersheim B and decommissioning of Fremersheim A. Application has been made to DWA for authorisation for the WWTW and effluent discharge which will define acceptable discharge standards for each WWTW. Implementation of actions to address identified risks in the W2RAP will facilitate an improvement in GD compliance. However, it is still encouraging to note that all plants are in low to medium risk position. The negative trend can however not be ignored and Mosselbay need to pay urgent attention to overturn this trend.  (Ref 7)
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Brandwag, Herbertsdale, Friemersheim A, Friemersheim B

Mossel Bay-Hartenbos, Grootbrak, Pinnacle Point, Ruiterbos

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012

2010/11

Green Drop Score2010/11: 88.6%

Mossel Bay, Fremersheim A

Regulatory Impression:  The Department salutes the Mossel Bay Local Municipality for:
  • The striking improvement in wastewater services management since the previous Green Drop Assessment.
  • The dedication of the municipal water services team towards conforming to the stringent requirements set in pragmatic fashion.
  • Achieving Green Drop Certification status for the Mossel Bay and Friemerheim systems.
  • Ensuring a general low cumulative risk rating for most of the system.

Similar progress is expected for the systems of Hebertsdale and Brandwag since a general lack of information indicates that the municipality is yet to employ similar commitment levels to these two systems. (Ref 5)

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Mossel Bay, Pinnacle Point, Groot Brak, Fremersheim A

Fremersheim B, Ruiterbos, Hebertsdale, Brandwag

2009

Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score: 12%
Regulatory Impression:  According to the assessment results, the WWQ management overall performance of the Mosselbay Local Municipality is poor. Although the Regional Mosselbaai WWTW scored an A on the criteria for Process Control, and  PiniclePoint, Groot Brak and Fremersheim scored a B on the same criteria, all other criteria had  unsatisfactory scores. A substantial amount of improvement is required by the WSA before the various works would qualify for Green Drop status. . (Ref 3)
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Top Oudtshoorn (WC 045)

Tel. No. 044 203 3000
Fax No. 044 203 3104
Email/Web post@oudtmun.co.za       ;  www.oudtmun.gov.za 
Address PO Box 255, Oudtshoorn, 6620                              ; Cnr Baron Van Rheede Street & Voortrekker Road, Oudtshoorn, 6620
Towns: De Rust, Dysselsdorp, Grootkraal, Hoopvol, Matjiesrivier, Oudtshoorn, Schoemanshoek, Volmoed
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
Dams: Kammanassie Dam, Mellville Dam, Raubenheimer Dam, Stompdrift Dam

2012

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:  64.58%
Regulatory Impression:   Oudtshoorn Local Municipality displayed impressive improvement during the 2012 assessment period. The level of dedication is clearly reason for the improved scores and this is to the benefit of the Oudtshoorn community. The Lead Inspector noted: “Oudtshoorn demonstrated a re-newed interest in water quality management. This is demonstrated through the appointment of new officials specifically tasked with the improvement of overall risk management strategies related to drinking water. Oudtshoorn is faced with significant water quality challenges and the commitment demonstrated in the recent round of assessments is encouraging.” The consultative audit conducted left officials with much guidance towards improvement which hopefully will be implemented and be reason for even further enhancement during the next assessment cycle. (Ref 6)

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Dysseldorp, Oudtshoorn, De Rust

2011

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  36.88%
Regulatory Impression:   As host of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival which draws big crowds of people it would be expected that the municipality would be more vigilant towards drinking water quality management in its quest to protect public health.  Unfortunately and overall decline was recorded since the last Blue Drop assessment. The Inspectors panel noted the following: “ The BDS was poorly populated for the virtual assessment. The Municipality was well represented at the Confirmation Assessment, but one of the representatives had a hostile attitude and in some cases was reluctant to divulge information. The other representatives were accommodating and attempted to answer all questions posed. Unfortunately we did not receive all the information we were promised at the Confirmation Assessment and so the Blue Drop scores have remained fairly low.” (ref4)

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Dysseldorp, Oudtshoorn, De Rust

2010

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 : 44.8%
Regulatory Impression:   Even though a fairly good performance during the Blue Drop assessment resulted in the enhancement of Oudtshoorn Local Municipality’s perceived level of commitment towards drinking water quality management, a “pass” mark could not be obtained. This would be largely due to a total disregard towards the requirement to provide the Department with DWQ information to allow for performance monitoring as per Section 62 of the Water Services Act. Of utmost concern would be the persistent recurring microbiological failures. It is therefore unfortunate that the Department are compelled to inform residents and visitors that due to regular bacteriological failures, they should take precautionary measures when consuming drinking water in Oudtshoorn. This “Adverse Water Quality Alert” should be maintained until such time when the municipality can prove its commitment to sustain a safe water supply.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 

2010

Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 : 44.8%
Regulatory Impression:   Even though a fairly good performance during the Blue Drop assessment resulted in the enhancement of Oudtshoorn Local Municipality’s perceived level of commitment towards drinking water quality management, a “pass” mark could not be obtained. This would be largely due to a total disregard towards the requirement to provide the Department with DWQ information to allow for performance monitoring as per Section 62 of the Water Services Act. Of utmost concern would be the persistent recurring microbiological failures. It is therefore unfortunate that the Department are compelled to inform residents and visitors that due to regular bacteriological failures, they should take precautionary measures when consuming drinking water in Oudtshoorn. This “Adverse Water Quality Alert” should be maintained until such time when the municipality can prove its commitment to sustain a safe water supply.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 

2012

Green Drop Risk Assessment
Regulatory Impression:  The improved risk performance at all 3 plants in Oudtshoorn is encouraging, underscored by its low and medium lying risk positions. The effluent quality present the biggest concern and the actions / project undertaken to upgrade the plants are positive indicators. The completion and implementation of a risk abatement plan and process should serve the interest of the municipality well by allowing for the prioritisation of scarce financial resources.(Ref 7)
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De Rust, Dysseldorp, Oudtshoorn

Risk Trend Analysis

2010/11

Green Drop Score 2010/11: 41.4%
Regulatory Impression:  Oudsthoorn Local Municipality did fairly well noting that this was their first Green Drop assessment however the performance was not according to expectations. Significant improvement is required before acceptable levels of efficacy are reached. It is heartening though that all three systems assessed are operating well below their design capacity as well as the relatively low cumulative risk ratings.(Ref 5)
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De Rust, Dysseldorp, Oudtshoorn

WCDMA04 (North of Oudtshoorn (WC 045))
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Towns: Avontuur, Buffelsdrif, Daskop, Die Vlug, Haarlem, Koutjie, Molenrivier, Noll, Speelmanskraal, Uniondale, Zaaimansdal
Water tariffs:
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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 6 Department WaterAffairs: :Green Drop Progress 2012