Residents looking to utilise Cape Town’s three famous wetlands, namely Zeekoevlei, Zanvlei and Rietvlei, for recreational use can breathe a sigh of relief as the waterbodies have once again opened to the public.
The wetlands have been closed for close to 7 – 9 months due to sewage spills. Zeekoevlei and Zanvlei have become the latest wetlands to welcome recreational activities following the reopening of Rietvlei two weeks ago.
E coli has been a major concern and the latest results provided by the City, taken on February 22 at three of the four various sampling points in Zansvlei show that E coli was greater than 100mpn, while one of the sampling points recorded 630 mpn.
While the reopening of these wetlands is good news, Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei (FoZR ) vice-chairperson Tom Schwerdtfeger has revealed his concern regarding only one of the four Archimedes Screws at the Cape Flats Waste Water Treatment Works (CFWWTW) was operational as per IOL.
he said it was concerned that only one of the four Archimedes Screws at the Cape Flats Waste Water Treatment Works (CFWWTW) was operational.
To promote transparency, Mayco member for water and sanitation, Zahid Badroodien has stated that the City will be releasing the water quality results through various digital platforms.