With summer knocking on the door, the Knysna municipality assures residents and visitors to Greater Knysna that its estuary, vleilands and lagoons are safe for recreational purposes – despite the Ashmead Channel (between Loerie Park and Thesen Island) recently showing an abnormally high E.coli count, reports the Knysna-Plett Herald.
The latest water sample, taken from the effluent flowing from the Knysna waste-water treatment works, shows zero presence of E.coli and salmonella.
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The following areas in the Knysna estuary also tested negative for E.coli in the water: Belvidere, Bollard Bay, Salt River, The Heads, The Point and the Train Station.
Crabs Creek and the Green Hole water samples showed 1/100ml and 4/100ml respectively.
These results prove beyond a doubt that the Knysna estuary is safe to use for all water recreational activities at its popular areas.
“It is not our intention to excuse or ignore the high E.coli count in the Ashmead Channel, but we would like to reassure all that the Knysna estuary remains the jewel of Knysna and safe for all to enjoy. Since the last E.coli spike in the Ashmead Channel, I have commissioned weekly water samples to ensure that our residents and visitors remain safe while enjoying the water throughout the summer,” said Knysna mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies.
Several steps are being taken to address the high E.coli count found in the streams running from the northern areas. Among these are weekly monitoring and cleaning of toilets that were installed during 2012 to eradicate the bucket system. The possibility of fencing off the rivers and streams at certain points within residential areas is also being investigated.
“As the mayor of greater Knysna I assure you that weekly discussion among several municipal officials, the Eden district municipality environmental health department, the Knysna Basin Project and SA National Parks continue to ensure that the health of our icon, the Knysna estuary, remains pristine and monitored. We and our partners remain focused on finding ways of preventing pollution from ending up in the beautiful estuary, and we would like to give you peace of mind that the estuary is safe to use,” the mayor concluded.
– Caxton News Service