Skukuza – A spillage of polluted water from a tailings dam at Bosveld Phosphate, a mining operation, into the Selati River near Phalaborwa into the Olifants River will not affect visitors to the park, as precautions have been made to ensure that all drinking water is safe. SANParks announced in a press release that all camps dependent on the Olifants River for water have been switched onto back-up borehole water. Associated water use restrictions have also been put in place to ensure that the demand was met. Water quality is, thus, unaffected in all Kruger camps. The Star reports that the spillage could, however, have serious implications for tourism. A park manager, Eddie Rindell said that the spillage comes as a hard lesson for the park and that it could affect tourism in the long run. He told the paper that fish had died in the Selati River and that they had yet to determine the effects on larger animals. The Department of Water Affairs and South African National Parks are cooperating closely on investigations into this incident and are conducting in-depth investigations into the associated environmental impacts. Intensive monitoring of the environmental conditions are on-going to evaluate the scale of the degradation.