SANParks has issued a press release that, for the sake of objectivity and making your own mind up, should be read but i’m concerned that SANParks isn’t tackling the problem head-on but rather, deliberately, underplaying the problem.
SANParks, as custodian of the Knysna Estuary, should be on the side of nature and the public, demanding answers from Knysna Municipality. Instead, they seem to be excusing them. We did not experience heavy rains (as is suggested in the press release) and pipes all over Knysna are too old because Knysna Municipality isn’t replacing them because they’d rather spend money on furniture and big screen TVs for their offices.
Keep in mind that this is the same government that hid the suburb of Springveld’s 4-month power failure from us this year and that the wastewater treatment works in that area could not operate so shit ran freely in public. Where were SANPark’s press releases then? Aren’t they needed when its kept a secret?
Sample taken on: 13 November 2014
Laboratory report: 19 November 2014
Recent levels of bacteria at the following 7 points exceed acceptable recreational levels. According to the national Department of Water Affairs guidelines, target water quality for recreational use may not exceed 500 E.coli/100ml.
1. Bigai Stream: 2419/100ml
2. Bongani: 3000/100ml
3. KADA Culvert: 3000/100ml
4. Long Street: 3000/100ml
5. Queen Street: 3000/100ml
6. Salt River: 1296/100ml
7. Train Station: 3000/100ml
The remaining 6 points, mentioned below, tested under the limit and are therefore safe for public use.
1. Belvidere: 185/100ml
2. Bollard Bay: 231/100ml
3. Crabs Creek: 52/100ml
4. Green Hole: 169/100ml
5. The Heads: 146/100ml
6. The Point: 30/100ml
Humans living with Nature is a difficult issue and we are lucky to have people working on our water problems but it is important that we understand, together, the problems we are facing rather than it feel like us and them situation or that money from tourists is more important than our health and answers. It’s not just a matter of our beloved Knysna Estuary getting polluted but knowing where else our land is being affected along the way.
I am glad, at least, that SANParks will be putting up “signage to warn against full body recreational activities”. That admits there’s a problem which is an important step towards fixing them.