Persistence by Councillor Brenda Mathee from the Metro Public Health Committee has resulted in the Municipal Manager ordering that the results from the testing by the municipality of the water in the Zwartkops River be released.
The water is tested at a number of points on a regular basis.
Various factors influence the quality of the water:
- The tide state
- The rainfall
- Broken sewers
- Sewage outlets being connected to storm water pipes
- The state of the river mouth – if it is ‘throttled’ then less cleansing salt water reaches high up into the river
The Department of Water Affairs (DWAF) Recreational water quality guidelines (1996), have the following guidelines for full contact recreation: less than 130 faecal coliforms or E.coli per 100 ml.
As you can see in the 10 March report table below – not one of the municipal sample points indicates that the water is safe for full contact recreation. i.e. swimming. By the same token one would be rather silly to go fishing at the Motherwell Canal which, at the time of testing, qualified as a gushing sh*t river.
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