According to Engineering News, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said that, for a fourth year running, municipalities have shown an improvement in the management of drinking water quality in South Africa.
Announcing the results of the 2012 Blue Drop Certification Programme, Molewa said that the latest report showed "significant improvements", which highlighted the positive impact that the incentive-based regulation approach had on the South African water sector.
The overall national Blue Drop assessment score increased from 72.9% in 2011 to 87.6% in 2012, with Gauteng and the Western Cape achieving again the highest score. While Mpumalanga had once again the lowest score of 60.9%, it improved on its 2011 score of 56.5%. Engineering News reports that the top performing overall municipality in the 2012 Blue Drop results was Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality with a score of 98.95%, while the poorest performing municipality was Kou-kamma local municipality, in the Eastern Cape, with a Blue Drop score of 5.60%.
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