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KZN south coast beach remains closed after sewage spill

07 January 2022 - 10:42
Uvongo Beach on the KZN south coast remains closed after a sewage spill last week. File image.
Uvongo Beach on the KZN south coast remains closed after a sewage spill last week. File image.
Image: Zulu.org.za

A week after a sewage spill contaminated the water at Uvongo Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, it remains closed to the public despite a drop in toxicity levels.

The KwaZulu-Natal department of economic development, tourism and environmental affairs said in a statement that the popular beach would reopen once water quality results reflected acceptable readings.

A water sampling test was conducted on Thursday and results are expected on Friday.

“The beach was closed on December 30 after a spill contaminated the sea water as a result of damage to two sewage pump stations at the Masinenge low-cost housing project.

“The E.coli toxicity levels remain above the permissible threshold of 500. However, the latest results, especially for the sea and lagoon, are showing a substantial decrease in the water pollution.

“Results from the tests conducted on Wednesday show that the E.coli reading for Uvongo River, below the Masinenge impact point, was 5,700. Uvongo lagoon was showing a reading of 2,700, down from 8,700, while the sea was at 1,000, down from 5,900.

“A multidepartmental team that has been on the ground since the incident occurred has reported that there is no further spillage visible on site and repair work to the pumps is progressing satisfactorily,” the department said.



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