Thompson’s Bay Beach in Ballito is once again open to the public. PHOTO: provided
Thompson’s Bay Beach in Ballito, on the KZN North Coast, is now open to the public.
The beach has been closed since Monday after a sewage spill contaminated the water.
The spill was initially thought to have been caused by a power outage that affected much of the north coast on Sunday.
However, investigations by independent water service provider Siza Water and the Municipality of KwaDukuza later revealed that a blockage created by excess sand entering the sewer connection of the municipal showers had caused the overflow. .
The municipality has since committed to installing a grit trap in the showers to prevent the sand from returning to the sewers.
On Friday, KwaDukuza Municipality spokesman Sipho Mkhize said Thompson’s Bay beach was safe for public use and swimming after Monday’s precautionary closure.
“The results of the water tests received by the municipality confirm that the quality is good, hence the decision of the local authorities to reopen the installation.
“The Municipality appreciates the high levels of corporation displayed over the past few days,” he said.
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