The municipality of eThekwini has announced that it will reopen some beaches on Friday.
High levels of the bacterium E.Coli have been attributed to damage to the city’s sewage treatment plants and sanitation infrastructure caused by the recent floods became. resulting in sewage pollution.
This prompted the municipality to close the beaches indefinitely more than a month ago.
“Upon receiving the latest water quality results, the municipality of eThekwini has made a decision opening some of its beaches today [Friday],” said community spokesman Msawakhe Mayisela.
“This comes after recent water tests showed E-coli levels were within acceptable standards. The public can now swim and engage in other sporting activities at these beaches.”
Beaches like Amanzimtoti, Warner, Umgababa, Umhlanga Rocks, Umdloti, Addington, Bronze, Bay of Plenty, Wedge, North, Country Club, uShaka, Battery, Southern and Vetch Pier (Point) are open.
“Water tests were conducted daily to monitor E-coli levels to ensure they were reaching acceptable standards. The latest test results, conducted on all beaches, showed that some beaches are still affected, while others are of an acceptable standard and ready for public use.”
Mayisela, said Umkomaas, Lighthouse, Beachwood Mangrove, tidal Umdloti beach area, Casuarina in Tongaat, Granny’s Pool, Beachwood, eThekwini and Suncoast Beach remained closed for swimming but open for religious and spiritual rituals, dog walking and fishing.
The City will continue to monitor the rest of the area’s beaches and will notify the public once E-coli levels have fallen to levels that are safe for the public.”
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