KwaZulu-Natal: Durban North and South Beaches Have POOR Water Quality

Readers in KwaZulu-Natal, beware: you may want to be selective about which beach you visit this summer.

Recent testing has shown that some coastal waters, including those in Durban’s north and south, are contaminated with germs like E. coli.
Also, the DA claims that the lab that tests the water quality in eThekwini is not accredited.
What you need to know about the current condition of these well-known KZN beaches is detailed here.

Recent water tests have shown
The Beach Water Quality Map shows that the water quality is low along the coasts of northern and southern KZN.EThekwini Municipality denies allegations of pollution and low quality, which you can read more about here.
Beaches in KZN are labeled on the map based on their research and evaluations. Areas might be displayed as subpar (in red), adequate (in yellow), or excellent (in green).

North and South Durban beaches were reported to have no litter, however the water quality was poor. The water was in a catastrophic situation, as evidenced by tests performed on August 31.
Can you explain what E. coli is?
The Beach Water Quality Map shows that the waters off the coast of Durban South tested positive for the presence of the dangerous E. coli bacteria.
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Although “most E. coli strains are harmless,” the WHO does warn that some types of E. coli can lead to intestinal infections and other complications in some people.
Durban South’s waters contain at least 1,130 CFUs per 100 ml, which is an unsafe amount for human contact.

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When it comes to E. coli bacteria, Rand Water says that anything beyond 10 CFU is too much to risk having in your drinking water.
KZN Water Complaints: How to File a Report
Is there something you saw or heard around the shore of Durban that you need to report? To reach the Water & Sanitation Department of eThekwini Municipality, please dial (080) 131-3013 or (0800) 311-1111.
The same eThekwini (KZN) hotlines can be used to inquire about the quality of the water at the beaches or report a leaking pipe.
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