SOUTH AFRICA – The City of Cape Town has announced that three of its vital Water Treatment Plants (WTP) – Brooklands, Blackheath, and Voëlvlei – have received ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) certification from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).

This significant accomplishment, unveiled on World Quality Day, underscores the city’s unwavering commitment to delivering potable water that adheres to international benchmarks for safety and quality.

The ISO 22000 certification, a globally recognized standard for food safety management, has been applied uniquely in this case to guarantee the purity and safety of drinking water.

Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, emphasized the critical importance of water to human well-being.

“Water is as critical to our well-being as the food that we eat. Monitoring the quality of its production is just as imperative, which is what motivated us to measure up against one of the highest international food-safety standards in the world,” he said.

The ISO 22000 certification is a strategic addition to the City’s comprehensive quality management framework, which already includes ISO 9001, DWS Blue Drop requirements, and World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

This multifaceted approach ensures that the Water and Sanitation Directorate consistently provides the highest quality drinking water to residents.

The rigorous journey toward ISO 22000 certification involved internal reviews, training, and external audits to evaluate the city’s control systems, risk management, and hazard analysis processes.

The successful outcome of this meticulous process reaffirms the commitment of the Water and Sanitation team to upholding the highest standards.

“Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right, and with ISO 22000 certification, residents can be assured that the quality of water supplied by the treatment plants meets the requirements of international standards.

“In light of the water quality issues in South Africa, SABS certification will go a long way in assuring water quality,” Dr. Sadhvir Bissoon, acting CEO of the SABS, commended the City of Cape Town.

As a key stakeholder of SABS, the City of Cape Town’s adherence to both local and international standards sets a commendable example for similar entities.

This achievement not only provides assurance to the market of quality products and services but also instills confidence in residents that their fundamental right to clean drinking water is being prioritized.

Councillor Badroodien expressed his pride in the Water and Sanitation team, remarking, “This gives us all extra reassurance that Cape Town’s potable water remains exceptional in quality, proven even when measured against multiple international standards.”

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