The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) has assembled a team of experts to solve the persistent algae problem that has been affecting the newly constructed lake and fountain at Kings Beach.
Recent E coli tests conducted by the scientific services section of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality have confirmed that the water is not of sewer quality but that it was not completely safe either.
MBDA CEO Dr Pierre Voges warned the public that the lake was never intended to be used as a swimming pool but as a proactive green initiative to use the existing unused aquifer flow as the means of irrigating the surrounding beachfront area.
“The lake is intended as an aesthetic reservoir for beachfront users to enjoy the plant and animal life in and around the lake,” he said.
“This is a delicate natural balance between function and flair.”
MBDA operations manager Mcebisi Ncalu said the lake was being cleaned frequently using a manual process in order to remove the surface algae and litter.
“In addition to the algae, there are clusters of natural growth under the water which are basically aquatic plants, like one would find in a fish tank,” Ncalu said.
“They are not only a sign of a healthy water body but furthermore are assisting in the water purification process.”
Ncalu and his team, which includes professionals in the field of biotechnology remediation and natural environmental issues in close collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, have already started the work of cleaning the lake.
There are already a number of alternatives that the team is investigating including the introduction of various plant life, fish species, vigorous water circulation and water-treatment techniques.
Although the tests indicate a safe body of water, the MBDA would like to urge the public not to use the lake and fountain as a source of drinking water or contact recreational purposes.
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