Monday, August 18, 2008

Harmful bacteria found in City’s rivers

By Mikhaila Crowie
18 August

The City of Cape Town has warned that our rivers are fast deteriorating.

Water quality scientists have, over the past decade, detected increasing amounts of harmful bacteria in our 14 rivers. Mayoral committee member for utility services, Clive Justus, said the rivers are monitored on a monthly basis.

The department has seen a negative trend as a result of pollution and run-off, particularly in the informal settlements but also in the formal settlements.

“It is the city’s intentions to upgrade the waste waters treatment plants to the value of R290 million this year.”

Justus said hopefully this will contribute to a cleaner water body, be it a river or a wetland.

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