Manganese in water – NOT toxic

The Municipality of Walvis Bay released a public notice on Wednesday in regard to the recent discolouration of water in Walvis Bay.

According to the notice, the discolouration and possible low water pressure in some areas is as a result of restoration done to a break in NamWater’s supply pipe on Wednesday and caused the water to have higher levels of manganese. Manganese is a mineral that naturally occurs in rocks and soil and may also be present due to underground pollution sources. Manganese is frequently found in iron-bearing waters, but is more rare than iron. Residents are advised that the water is not toxic; and to avoid wastage by running the tap for a while and use the water to take a bath or water the plants since the colour is unappetizing.

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