Coast KZN

10 Dec 2022

Teams ‘working around the clock’ repair sewage leaks affecting uMhlanga’s beaches

(Northglen News) Picture: uMhlanga’s beaches are closed due to poor water quality and high E. coli (sewage bacteria) levels.

The eThekwini Municipality says it has teams ‘working around the clock’ to repair sewer pipelines and trunk mains in uMhlanga. This comes after the municipality was forced to close uMhlanga’s beaches due to poor water quality and high E. coli (sewage bacteria) levels. uMhlanga’s Bronze and Main beaches were initially opened on December 1 by eThekwini Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, but just two days later, the City was forced to reverse that decision.

On Thursday this week, municipal spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela explained that the decision on December 1 to re-open uMhlanga’s beaches was based upon water quality tests that were found compliant on four consecutive occasions.

“A decision was then taken to open them. However, subsequent tests showed that the water quality was no longer compliant, and they were then closed. This is the point of the regular testing. It enables the City to take the necessary action should any beach not be deemed compliant or safe. The frequency of water quality testing at bathing beaches has been increased to twice a week,” he said.

Another water quality test of uMhlanga’s beaches by an independent body was done on Thursday, December 8, Mayisela added, and results for this test are pending.

“Significant progress has been made in the repairs of coastal sewage pump stations which have been affecting water quality at beaches. Also in progress are repairs to sewer pipelines and trunk mains in uMhlanga, where teams are working around the clock to clear overflowing manholes,” he said.

As of Saturday, December 10, a total of 11 beaches across eThekwini’s coastline are closed. Beaches that are closed are Battery Beach, Country Club Beach, Thekwini Beach, Laguna Beach, Brighton Beach, uMhlanga Main, uMhlanga Bronze, Westbrook Beach, Réunion Beach, Warner Beach and Winklespruit Beach.