Margate beach contaminated

2017-07-27 06:01
PHOTO: justin KlusenerMargate beach was closed for health reasons following a sewage spill which led to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

PHOTO: justin KlusenerMargate beach was closed for health reasons following a sewage spill which led to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

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UGU District Municipality issued a statement on Monday announcing the closure of Margate beach to bathers until further notice after a sewage spill into the Nkongweni River last Friday.

The municipality said the spill was a result of an electro­-mechanical failure caused by an excessive silt build-up at the Nkongweni pump station.

This was the second spill in the area in four months after the beach was closed in March following a mechanical fault, leading to a spill and resulting in the beach and estuary being closed due to health and safety reasons.

“The rehabilitation work of the pump station was conducted immediately with all the repairs being carried out on Friday after which the pump station was back online,” said Ugu spokesperson, France Zama.

Subsequent water tests conducted on the river revealed a high E. coli levels which were beyond acceptable standards for recreational water.

“As a precautionary measure, signs were erected along the lagoon and the beach prohibiting residents from participating in any recreational activities along the river and beach respectively,” said Zama.

He added the municipality wishes to reassure communities that it is on course in ensuring that incidences of this nature are prevented and apologises for any inconvenience caused by this occurrence.

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