Feb 7, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Durban beaches still closed as city battles sewage pollution

Durban residents have been warned to stay away from beaches and not to drink water from “unreliable sources” as the city continues to address pollution from infrastructure damaged by flooding.

The community of eThekwini announced Wednesday that all beaches will remain closed “until further notice”.

“In the interest of public health, all beaches throughout the community will remain closed until further notice. Communities are advised to avoid swimming, fishing, recreational and sporting activities, and traditional activities involving water in rivers and streams,” the municipality said.

River systems identified as pollution hotspots due to pollution from sewers The Mbokodweni, Umhlanga, Umbilo, Umlaas, Umhlatuzana, Umdloti, oThongathi, Ohlanga, Isipingo, Umkhumbane, Palmiet, Umgeni, Wewe, Umhlangane, Toti and Umkomaas rivers have overflows or damaged and washed away sewers.

“However, the public is cautioned that other river systems leading to or from these systems are also considered unsafe.”

The city government said it monitors water quality in rivers and beaches through sampling and field testing .

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