Worms in water? They probably crawled in themselves, says metro

This creepy crawly was found by Birchleigh resident Ina Cloete in May. The municipality found that the worm most likely crawled through a leaking pipe inside her home.

Kempton Park residents need not fear: worms found in any tap water are not from the City’s water supply, said the City of Ekurhuleni.

In fact, recent health tests proved a water compliance level of 100 per cent.

This after two residents, one from Birchleigh and one from Norkem Park, came forward with their water woes in May and July. Both found live worms in their municipal water.

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According to Themba Gadebe, spokesperson for the municipality, Rand Water uses a chemical purification process and high-pressure pumps, which would make it impossible for any creature to pass through the water all the way to residents’ taps.

“Also, the type of worms found by the residents cannot breathe in water,” Gadebe added.

So how exactly did the creepy crawlies make their way into Ina Cloete and Christo Green’s water supply? Gadebe told Express it could be one of three possibilities:

“Firstly, insects often lay their eggs in moist areas,” he said. These areas can be the mouths of taps, baths, basins or drains.

“Once the larvae hatch, it can be washed into a basin from the tap.”

A second possibility is that a worm can crawl into a tap or leaking pipe by itself. It will be washed out once a tap is opened.

“Lastly, worms can crawl through a drain system, and it can then be perceived that it came from the City’s water supply,” Gadebe concluded.

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Paula-Ann Smit
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