Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge did not have North West province's Hartebeespoort Dam in mind when he wrote the words, "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink", but they are a fitting description of its contents.
The water in the dam is so polluted the region's bulk water supplier, Rand Water, is building a 50km-long pipeline from Brakfontein to Hartebeespoort to ensure residents in the area have a supply of clean drinking water.
The pipeline is being built at a cost of R310million.
Rand Water chief executive Themba Nkabinde said that though the existing Brakfontein- Hartebeespoort pipeline supplied water to the areas around the Hartebeespoort Dam, it did not carry water that could be purified to potable standards at reasonable cost.
The Hartebeespoort Dam is often cited in water management literature as one of the world's most severe examples of water eutrophication - pollution from too many nutrients because of deposits such as sewage. - Sapa