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Used condoms found in drinking water.

The water that the municipality provides in the area is filthy and not fit for human consumption.

10 December 2012 | Nonkululeko Mathebula

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Residents of Wheatlands in Westonaria are subjected to drinking water from a tank that is filled with used condoms, worms and all sorts of rubbish floating inside.

Sonnyboy Setoke of Wheatlands informal settlement plot 17 alleges that despite the rubbish found inside the water tank, the water that the municipality provides in the area is filthy and not fit for human consumption.

Setoke says that they do not have running water from taps in the area and as a result the municipality has put up water tanks that they fill up once in two weeks.

According to him, they never bother checking what is inside the tanks before filling them with water.

"Even if they were to check the tanks it would not make much of a difference because their water is filthy anyway," says Setoke.

"Not knowing about the contamination, residents make use of the ‘filthy’ water daily, and running the risk of contracting diseases."

On 5 December, Setoke and other residents decided to drain the water from one of the tanks, and they made a shocking discovery.

They found used condoms, worms, and leaves coming out together with the filthy water.

The Herald has contacted the West Rand District Municipality for comment, but our efforts proved to be fruitless.

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