At the Knysna Community Services meeting held yesterday, the results from September’s water samples were presented. They are cause for alarm and the Knysna Municipality must be seriously questioned for failing to alert the public.
Note than non-compliance/danger is a reading higher than 500 E.coli/100ml:
- Queen Street Stormwater – 2419 E.coli/100ml
- Long Street Stormwater – 3000 E.coli/100ml
- Train Station Stormwater – 3000 E.coli/100ml
- KADA Stormwater – 1918 E.coli/100ml
- Crabs Creek (monitored twice) – 3000 E.coli/100ml
I had a mate whose daughter was visiting from Cape Town and she was frustrated with him because he wouldn’t let her swim in the Swartvlei River in Sedgefield. He said that it stinks so bad that it’s obvious that there’s something wrong. Fact is that the river mouth is still blocked and SANParks won’t open it until the water level rises higher. I’m sure there’s ecological reasoning behind such but because of the pollution and the lack of clean running water for Sedgefield, an explanation must be provided to the public. It was also pointed out by an official from Eden District that the spike in pollution may also be caused by the suburb called The Island. This wasn’t explained either.
The final effluent at the Sedgefield waste water treatment works has been a problem for a long time. Again, why is the situation not being explained. Departing Municipal Manager Lauren Waring and Councillor Esme Edge (or was that Councillor Louisa Hart) were quick to point out that the waste water treatment works has nothing to do with the Swartvlei River as it’s an unconnected system. What they never explained is what is happening to the final effluent. Where is it being disposed of?
The final effluence and the Swartvlei River’s mouth’s had the same reading of 2419 E.coli/100ml.
Even more worrying is that Springfield/Springveld (i’m unfamiliar with it but think the area may be on the N2 past Nekkies on the way to Harkerville) has had NO ELECTRICITY FOR 4 MONTHS. The waste water treatment works there cannot operate without electricity. The problem apparently lies with Eskom’s Pretoria office and Councillor Richard Dawson begged us media (there were only two of us there) to get all the facts from Lauren Waring and give it as much coverage as possible so that pressure forced Eskom to restore power. The supreme ironies are that:
- WHY ARE WE ONLY BEING INFORMED ABOUT THIS PROBLEM NOW?
- MY EMAILS REMAIN BLOCKED BY OUR UNDEMOCRATIC KNYSNA MUNICIPALITY.
If they will give me the info, i will most definitely blog it in the hope it helps Knysna.