Durban – All beaches in Durban north of the Umgeni River and down to Salt Rock will remain closed over the long weekend after tests revealed “above normal” E-coli levels, said announced Thursday the municipality of eThekwini.
Spokesman Msawakhe Mayisela said the decision was in the interests of the safety of residents and tourists.
“This follows signs of higher than normal E-coli levels in the water. The city rushed to test after seeing murky waters on some beaches and the results showed a positive presence of these bacteria, ”he said.
Mayisela said crews were working on a faulty sewage pumping station that was constantly vandalized for scrap metal and work was at an advanced stage to remedy the situation.
The municipality has asked the public not to engage in any activity until the water quality has been determined to be safe and an official communication from the City has been issued.
The beaches were closed in July as a precaution following a chemical spill that contaminated the Ohlange River and Umhlanga Lagoon.
The City said it was aware of the importance of the long weekend, but had a responsibility to guard against any possible threat to the public and tourists.
“EThekwini is awaiting the final and signed report from UPL specialists. This requirement arose out of a workshop with UPL and their specialists on September 8, ”said Mayisela.
“The submissions received prior to this workshop were inadequate. They did not refer to the spill or site in question and were riddled with errors about toxin concentrations, ”he said.
“In some cases the bids were not signed and therefore were unacceptable and rejected on that basis. A consolidated report is expected early next week, after which an independent peer review process will take place. ”
The final report on the beach opening will be made available to the public at the same time as it has been sent for peer review.
The public is urged to be patient and to comply with the requests of the authorities. Any inconvenience was regretted; However, the safety of the public is of the utmost importance.
Beaches that are safe for the public are:
Amanzimtoti main beach