Durban participates in Blue Flag Programme

2013-06-14 11:38
Durban - Durban will participate in the international blue flag beach excellence scheme programme, the Mercury reported on Friday.

Blue flag status is awarded to beaches that meet international standards of excellence in water quality, environmental education, life guard training, safety, and other issues.

The city was hoping to get blue flags at four local beaches -- uShaka, eMdloti tidal area, eMdloti main, and Umgababa.

At a later stage it would apply for blue flag status at uMhlanga Rocks and Westbrooks.

The Mercury reported that the city would first have a blue flag pilot status for a year at four beaches. During this time Durban would have to demonstrate that it complied with all 33 quality criteria required by Blue Flag International.

In 2008, the city reportedly pulled out of the programme because former city manager Michael Sutcliffe complained that blue flag administrators were applying "double standards" when comparing the cleanliness of sea water in Durban with that in Europe.

According to the Mercury, problems started in 2006 when four local beaches failed to comply with sewage pollution standards.

The paper reported that Sutcliffe wanted the city's own laboratory technicians to do the tests but blue flag stipulated that an independent laboratory should do the tests for all sea water.

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