Bacterial samples taken in and around the Knysna Estuary found two areas non-compliant. Non-compliance means being more than 500 E.Coli per 100ml. Ashmead was at 1400. Bongani was a shocking 4100.
X E.Coli was disturbingly found in standpipes in Damsebos and Nekkies. That situation has been sorted.
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) defines Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli) as “bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals. E. coli are a large and diverse group of bacteria. Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. Some kinds of E. coli can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses.”
Regards the dirty rivers entering the Knysna Estuary, McCarthy told Council that Eden Health is a monitoring authority so steps needing undertaking must be done by Knysna Municipality’s Community Services and the Council.