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Human Remains Found In Municipal Water Reservoir Compartment

Date: 2021-10-03 21:53:13

Human Remains Found In Municipal Water Reservoir Compartment

6 December 2019
Human Remains Found In Municipal Water Reservoir Compartment
Human remains of an unknown person was found in one of the two compartments of a water reservoir in Verulam today. The discovery was made by a Municipal official during a routine inspection of the reservoir, who immediately shut down the water compartment of the reservoir which was affected.
The remains have been successfully removed of the reservoir compartment. The Municipality has since taken a decision to flush out the water in the affected compartment as a precautionary measure to ensure water safety. Furthermore, the Municipality will treat the compartment with chemicals to ensure that the water quality is not compromised moving forward.
At this stage it is not clear how these human remains got into the reservoir compartment. The matter has been reported to SAPS for thorough investigation. The preliminary investigation has shown that the reservoir shutter doors were broken into.
The Municipality monitors water quality daily and has found no problem with water quality in the other compartment. During the shutdown of the reservoir compartment, the water supply to the following areas is expected to be affected:
Madrona Drive, Trenance Park, Tea Estate, Buffelsdraai, Valley view drive, Hilltop road and upper Amaoti. The Municipality will dispatch water tankers to the affected areas to supply water.
The Municipality would like to assure residents that the water quality is being monitored very closely and the water is safe for consumption. Regular updates will be provided to the public on an ongoing basis.
Issued by the Acting Head of Communication Unit Mandla Nsele. For more information, contact Mandla Nsele on 0833082639.