The City of Cape Town has informed residents in Camps Bay, Sea Point and Fresnaye that the precautionary water advisory relating to the Atlantic Seaboard has been lifted.
The City’s Water and Sanitation Department, in consultation with its Health Department, instituted an investigating following complaints about an unusual smell/taste of municipal tap water along the Atlantic Seaboard.
According to the City 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.
“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.”
“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,” the City said in a statement.