Stay away from Zandvlei water

2019-05-21 06:00

The City of Cape Town has temporarily closed off public access to recreational water activities in the Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

The reserve was closed on Wednesday 15 last week as a “precautionary measure” following water quality tests and a warning sign has been erected at the reserve.

The City says the closure only applies to recreational activities in the Zandvlei water area, including fishing. Access to the land section of the reserve and other visitor facilities in the area remain open to the public.

According to a statement the closure follows a recent sewage spill in the Marina Da Gama and Sand River Canal sections of the river.

The spill resulted in water quality testing being undertaken at several points within this channel and elsewhere in the vlei. Results were positive for harmful bacteria.

“The test results showed high levels of faecal coliforms (Escherichia coli) within the water body, which indicates an elevated risk to human health,” the statement reads.

The City apologises for the inconvenience and thanks the public in advance for their cooperation during this period.

The public will be informed once the affected area is safe to use.

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