Dusi: No water flow problems expected

2012-02-16 00:00

WITH Dusi paddlers keeping an eye on the water flow, organising committee member John Oliver said, barring bad weather, there would not be any excess water on the course.

“There are no big storms predicted. The quality of the water is as good as it is going to get and there will be a water release of between 10 cubic metres a second [cumec] and 20 cumecs on the first day from the Henley Dam. This will make its way down the course and will come to rest in the Inanda Dam on the second day,” he said.

“On the third day there will be a release of between nine and 10 cumecs into the Umgeni River from the Inanda Dam, which will hopefully create a quick finish.”

The water releases will also contribute to relatively clean water, after some concerns over high E.coli levels in the recent past.

Tests done yesterday morning showed a marked improvement in water quality from those conducted on Monday, according to Dave Still, chairperson of the Duzi-uMgeni Conservation Trust.

“On Monday at Camps Drift the level was 24 800 E.coli per 100ml but this has now reduced to 5 600,” said Still. “That’s nearly an 80% improvement.”

The ideal level for paddlers on the river is 5 000 E.coli per 100ml or less. The rains from Thursday to Sunday resulted in poorer river water quality which led to some high readings in some of the tributaries, said Still.

“But in the Slangspruit tributary the E.coli levels have reduced from 17 300 to 6 200.”

The water quality should further improve with the release of clean water from Henley Dam.

Meanwhile, the river quality below Inanda into Durban is fair, and this will also be improved by the clean water released from Inanda tomorrow afternoon for Saturday’s Day three.

Msunduzi Municipality told The Witness that there will be no road closures around the start, but commuters can expect high traffic volumes on Chief Albert Luthuli, College and McAllister roads and the access points to the N3. — WR.

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