The City of Cape Town closed Zeekoevlei to the public on 7 June 2021 as a precautionary measure following water quality concerns, but has now opened the waterbody again for intermediate recreational contact.
In a statement, the City said: “Over the past months, the City has undertaken continuous water quality testing at various points within the Zeekoevlei waterbody to track the levels and impact of pollution that entered the vlei.
“During this time, the test results showed persistent high levels of faecal coliforms (Escherichia coli) within the waterbody, which indicated an elevated risk to human health. Thus, the Zeekoevlei remained closed and the public was advised to avoid all contact with the water until the levels were within national recreational water use guidelines.”
The City also confirmed that the last two sets of samples show that the E. coli count is generally within the guidelines for intermediate recreational contact at various points within Zeekoevlei, but will keep monitoring the water quality and keep residents informed.