The latest Community Services Committee meeting was held yesterday, June 10 2014, and included a report back from Eden District Health on the pollution levels of the Knysna Estuary.
Readings are judged by how much E.Coli is present and anything over 500 E.Coli/100ml is considered non-compliant to safety standards.
These are the offending samples taken from recreational and stormwater culverts:
- Green Hole (opposite Bosuns) – 591 E.Coli/100ml
- Bongani stormwater – 2419 E.Coli/100ml
- Queens Street stormwater (2 readings) – 2419 E.Coli/100ml / 3000 E.Coli/100ml
- Train Station stormwater – 3000 E.Coli/100ml
Popular areas such as Bollard Bay, The Point and Crabs Creek are considered safe.
Problem sources include zero inspections of toilets in state-owned buildings (that includes schools) and roving animals (particularly cows and pigs).
With the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival fast approaching, it was concerning that bacteriological food samples discovered that several of Knysna’s restaurants were serving oysters and sushi containing a ‘particularly bad pathogen‘. This has been traced back to one supplier in Mossel Bay. The affected restaurants were not named.
Lauren Waring, the Municipal Manager, assured that annually (for a period of 2 weeks before the festival), an expert in oyster management is hired to train restaurant staff how to correctly handle oysters.