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Extensive sampling confirms water is safe to drink<p>​</p><p>A possible reason for increased complaints is trace amounts of 2-Methylisoborneol (MIB). MIB is a nuisance compound with no health impact. It is produced by certain types of algae, which are at times present in the City's dams. <br> <br>It is possible that rainfall on 26/27 April mobilised algal particles along the natural water course between the Woodhead Dam and transfer tunnel. Powdered activated carbon is routinely used to remove taste and odour when these issues are noticed at the plant, however in this case, no smell or taste was noticed by staff on site, and laboratory analysis was required to confirm the presence of MIB. Some residents’ palates are however very sensitive to even microscopic changes in the composition of the water.</p><p>Any inconvenience caused while the system was checked for possible non-compliance is regretted. Residents are assured that every effort has been made to expedite the investigation and restore normality, however some of the tests conducted take about 24 hours to yield results.<br> <br>It was also necessary in this case for a wide area to be sampled before assurance could be given that water is safe to consume. <br> <br>In general, if residents believe there is something wrong with their drinking water this should be reported to 0860 103 089 as soon as possible, so that it can be investigated.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-04-29T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#701faa20-450e-444a-a0fd-ec8ec3f57e06;L0|#0701faa20-450e-444a-a0fd-ec8ec3f57e06|water quality;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#4a54b8b3-2e24-43b1-97bf-f98072923a26;L0|#04a54b8b3-2e24-43b1-97bf-f98072923a26|Sea Point;GP0|#b835b4b5-77f2-4cab-8d4f-b19bcc21c5df;L0|#0b835b4b5-77f2-4cab-8d4f-b19bcc21c5df|Camps bay10


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