The City of Cape Town has advised residents to boil discoloured water before drinking it. The water in the distribution system is currently discoloured over a large part of the eastern, central and southern suburbs.

The city issued a statement earlier this week advising residents to boil water before using it.

“The discolouration is due to a process control fault at the Faure Water Treatment Plant. As a safety precaution, residents are advised to boil the water before drinking especially if it appears discoloured,” the City said in a statement. “We are now feeding the affected areas of the network from Blackheath Reservoir and the situation is anticipated to normalise over the next few days.”

“We are now feeding the affected areas of the network from Blackheath Reservoir and the situation is anticipated to normalise over the next few days.

“The City is working on resolving the problem as soon as possible, and would like to apologise for any inconvenience.”

It was reported that the city has said that tests show that the discoloured water did not pose a health risk.