The City of Cape Town has issued a stern warning for beachgoers this week, after a damaged water pump forced officials to clear part of the beach on Sunday. The recent spell of wild weather is believed to have played a part in the problem, which *might* be responsible for compromising the water quality at Muizenberg Beach.
The zone within 150 metres of the Zandvlei stormwater outlet has been designated as a no-go area while water samples are being collected. A replacement pump is being brought in to mitigate the issue, but visitors to this part of the Cape have been warned to keep their distance ‘until further notice’.
Warning signs have since been deployed on the Muizenberg sands, and an increased police presence will help to enforce the new directives. The City is hopeful that all visitors, from surfers to swimmers, will heed the cautions in place:
“As a precaution, visitors are advised they need to swim at least 150 meters from the Zandvlei stormwater outlet on Muizenberg Beach from Sunday 23 May, until further notice – due to damaged pumps at the Clifton Road pump station.”
“Technicians are attempting to connect a replacement pump from a nearby facility today to reduce the risks to public health. Warning signage has been erected, and Law Enforcement has been asked to direct the public. Another notice will be issued once water samples have been collected from Muizenberg.” | City of Cape Town
The Zandvlei situation has deteriorated within the past week or so. But, despite the recent barrage of rainstorms and tumultuous conditions, locals in the Muizenberg region have been pushing for interventions for quite some time.
Last month, concerned residents started an online petition demanding action from the City of Cape Town, after the water quality at the Zandvlei Nature Reserve reached critical levels. A similar issue now looms over one of the Mother City’s most popular beaches – and there are no guarantees that a rapid resolution can be reached.