Acid mine drainage in Carolina’s tap water: lucky it wasn’t the cyanide!

20 February 2012

A couple of readers have asked why I did not blog about the cyanide spill into the Ngagane River (Newcastle, KZN, South Africa).  My only response is that I am still entirely flabbergasted as to how it can be that a cyanide plant has an overflow system that can reach a river at all – what were Water Affairs thinking when they approved this?   Surely any spills of such a dangerous chemical should be contained ENTIRELY on-site – irrespective of how the spill occurs?

I see from a DWA press release today that the effects of acid mine drainage have appeared in the tap water in Carolina (Mpumalanga Province) – and this via the local dam.  Apparently the problem arose last month, which makes the press release a tad late.

The water quality problems are coming closer and closer!

One Response to Acid mine drainage in Carolina’s tap water: lucky it wasn’t the cyanide!

  1. Cor says:

    My Parents are residents of Carolina, and I believe there has to be a “Group action” law suit against the municipality and the Mine/s responible for this disaster.

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