The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has admitted that some residents could be getting contaminated water from their taps but the bacteria is not life-threatening as it did not come from burst sewer pipes.
BCC spokesperson Nesisa Mpofu on Friday said council took some water samples for testing for one suburb after receiving numerous calls from residents who claimed that they had received discoloured water from their taps. She said:
Council responded by collecting water samples and testing the quality of water in the affected section of the suburb.
Test results indicated that water collected from a particular house (address withheld) was contaminated with bacteria, which was, however, not of the worrisome faecal coliform nature.
The absence of faecal coliforms meant that there was no connection of contamination from the sewerage system.
This comes after 13 Bulawayo residents succumbed to diarrhoea after drinking contaminated water that left over 2 000 seeking medical treatment in June this year.