KZN water: eThekwini reveal ways to avoid waterborne illnesses

KZN water: eThekwini reveal ways to avoid waterborne illnesses

Due to the recent severe floods, water delivery has been disrupted in various regions in eThekwini. Teams from the city have been working to rebuild infrastructure in order to restore water supply. Water tankers are being dispatched to impacted towns in the meanwhile.

This is to ensure that residents have access to clean, safe drinking water as well as other necessities. Because waterborne sickness can produce a number of symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhoea, it’s crucial to take the proper measures when collecting water.

Make safe water

Gather clean water from a dependable source. The following procedures should be taken if water is obtained from untreated water sources for other purposes:

  • Using a clean cloth, pour or filter the water.
  • To make it clean and safe, add 1 teaspoon (5ml) of bleach to 20 to 25 litres of water, stir well, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes, or boil the water and let it bubble for one minute.
  • Water should be kept in a clean, closed container.
  • Scoop water from the container with a clean cup each time.

Prepare food safely 

  • Before handling food and during food preparation, wash your hands.
  • All surfaces and equipment used in food preparation should be washed and sanitized.
  • Keep food covered in a cold, dry location.

Keep toilets clean

  • To prevent the spread of germs by flies, keep the toilet seat and door closed.

Wash hands

After using the restroom, throwing trash away, changing a baby’s nappy, and handling food, wash your hands with soap and clean water.

Treatment of diarrhoea with water

  • Mix eight teaspoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt in one litre of safe water and mix well
  • Take the person to the clinic immediately to seek medical care.


For several days, residents of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, have been without water. The eThekwini Municipality has released updates on the ongoing water disruptions in a number of areas within the municipality.

People have expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of water and electricity on a variety of social media channels. Durban’s north, south, inner, outer west, and central areas have been without water.

The water interruptions were apparently caused by infrastructural damage caused by the province’s excessive rains and floods.

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