Three popular swimming spots on the Atlantic coastline has been described as poor. This is according to the City of Cape Town’s latest report on the coastal water quality.
The Hout Bay beach, Bakoven bungalows and the Camps Bay tidal pool are those regressed into the “poor” category. As reported by IOL, the latest report covers coastal water quality for 12 months from December 1, 2019, to November 30 2020. However, this reflects the outcome of the statistical analysis set out by the National Guidelines of 2 400 bacterial sample tests taken from 99 sites along Cape Town’s 307km of coastline.
The 2020 report indicated that, overall, there have been no significant changes in coastal water quality in Cape Town between 2019 and 2020. The poor ratings can mostly be attributed to three or fewer samples or discrete spikes in bacteria counts, as opposed to consistently high counts of bacteria. Stormwater outlets and river mouths also remain as significant sources of pollution.
The following areas are also considered to have chronic coastal water quality problems:
- Central False Bay;
- Lagoon Beach (Milnerton)
- Macassar to Gordon’s Bay
- Three Anchor Bay (Sea Point)
Meanwhile, on the False Bay coastline, water quality has also regressed into the poor category, at Boulders Beach, Clovelly, Mnandi Beach west and east.
Picture: Cape Town Etc gallery
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