There was again worry in the Knysna Council when James McCarthy, from the Eden District Health Department, presented the Environmental Health Report for Knysna. Bacterial samples taken in and around the Knysna Estuary found two areas non-compliant. Non-compliance means being more than 500 E.Coli per 100ml. Ashmead was at 1400. Bongani was a shocking 4100. X E.Coli was disturbingly found in standpipes in Damsebos and Nekkies. That situation has been sorted. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) defines Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli) as “bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals. E. coli are … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The latest estuary quality tests are disturbing. 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 … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The Knysna estuary is a natural system where levels of bacteria can fluctuate at any time. Higher than acceptable levels of ecoli were recorded recently from 2 consecutive samples collected from at least 14 points in the Knysna estuary. SANParks will be putting up signage to warn against full body recreational activities as stipulated by the Department of Water Affairs regulation by this Friday (the 28th November 2014). Authorities (SANParks, Eden District Municipality, Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project) have agreed sampling for the upcoming season must be collected from the same points in the estuary every 2 weeks … ‘Click here to read full article…’
As some of my blogs and Facebook posts tend to do, the one about Knysna Estuary and Swartvlei Estuary pollution sparked a hoo-ha amongst the public. Controversy is likely to lessen with communication. After all, we want is to know what is happening with our lives so as to protect ourselves, friends and families. This is our home and we want to know everything about it. Consequently, i’m pleased that SANParks has chosen to respond. Although they haven’t addressed the old septic tanks on the suburb called The Island or where the contaminated wastewater from the plant is being disposed … ‘Click here to read full article…’
At the Knysna Community Services meeting held yesterday, the results from September’s water samples were presented. They are cause for alarm and the Knysna Municipality must be seriously questioned for failing to alert the public. Note than non-compliance/danger is a reading higher than 500 E.coli/100ml: Queen Street Stormwater – 2419 E.coli/100ml Long Street Stormwater – 3000 E.coli/100ml Train Station Stormwater – 3000 E.coli/100ml KADA Stormwater – 1918 E.coli/100ml Crabs Creek (monitored twice) – 3000 E.coli/100ml'Click here to read full article...'
The latest Community Services Committee meeting was held yesterday, June 10 2014, and included a report back from Eden District Health on the pollution levels of the Knysna Estuary. Readings are judged by how much E.Coli is present and anything over 500 E.Coli/100ml is considered non-compliant to safety standards. These are the offending samples taken from recreational and stormwater culverts: Green Hole (opposite Bosuns) – 591 E.Coli/100ml Bongani stormwater – 2419 E.Coli/100ml Queens Street stormwater (2 readings) – 2419 E.Coli/100ml / 3000 E.Coli/100ml Train Station stormwater – 3000 E.Coli/100ml Popular areas such as Bollard Bay, The Point and Crabs Creek … ‘Click here to read full article…’