Two Cape Town beaches close after sewage spills

Two Cape Town beaches close after sewage spills

Two Cape Town beaches close after sewage spills. Two beaches in Cape Town were closed on Sunday after sewage spills.

A portion of Strand Beach on the False Bay coast and Small Bay in Blaauwberg were temporarily closed as a “precautionary measure,” according to the City of Cape Town.

“The temporary closures are due to sewage spills in the areas — the causes of which are under investigation.

“City departments have been activated to respond to these incidents.

“As a precaution, city health has advised that the Deep Blue section of Strand Beach and Small Bay be closed.”

The city said its health department will take samples “for water quality testing until the levels are within the minimum requirement for recreational activities as determined by the National Water Quality Guidelines”.

“In the meantime, the public is advised to avoid contact with the water in the affected areas until further notice.

“This is a precaution as contact with the water could result in potential gastro-intestinal issues and therefore any person who enters the water does so at their own risk.”

Signs have been put up by the city to alert the public.

The eThekwini municipality in Durban is keeping an eye on the water quality of its beaches that have had sewage overflows because of aging infrastructure.

The city published the most recent list of beaches open for swimming and those that are still closed on its Facebook page on Sunday.

“Our beach water quality is constantly monitored by a team of experts at all beaches to ensure Durban complies with water quality and safety standards.”

Fourteen beaches, including Umhlanga main beach, are open, while nine beaches are closed.

However, a video uploaded to Instagram by What’s on Durban showed almost deserted beaches on New Year’s Day, which is often when throngs converge to splash around in the surf.

“Where did all the good people go? Unfortunately, fake news and propaganda is destroying KZN. There is no risk of a tsunami or freak waves. Yes, we have rip currents at all beaches and the lifeguards are well trained to deal with those situations. Always swim where there are lifeguards and between the bathing flags,” read the post.

The city blasted a voice message about individuals being hospitalized after getting sick from E. coli last week after it circulated on social media channels.

“In addition to the voice note, there are claims that a teenager is hospitalised after swimming at uShaka Beach.”

The municipality said hospitals denied claims of mass hospitalisations linked to E. coli-related infections.

“They are part of a relentless campaign to capitalise on flood damage to redirect visitors away from eThekwini.”

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