cape town beaches water quality

Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town. Image: Canva

Cape Town beaches show excellent water quality ahead of summer

The City of Cape Town has announced that water quality tests done on popular beaches around the city have shown excellent results.

cape town beaches water quality

Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town. Image: Canva

Water quality testing done on Cape Town beaches

After recent news that the City of Cape Town has been awarded eight Blue Flags for beaches, the City has now revealed that these beaches were recently tested for water quality and the results registered were excellent.

According to a statement from the City, visitors to Cape Town beaches can be confident that Coastal Water Quality guidelines are being met and monitored on an ongoing basis.

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Water samples were analysed by an external accredited laboratory – the SABS Lab – for the number of enterococci per 100ml, the Gold Standard for water quality analysis.

The City’s deputy mayor and mayoral committee member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews, said that they were thrilled to announce that the results for 147 water quality samples show excellent water quality across Cape Town’s key beaches.

“A full 95% of water samples are well below the single sample standard of 180 enterococci per 100ml. This confirms water quality is not just good, but excellent by global standards across our popular beaches.” Alderman Andrews said.

“Let us all work together to ensure Cape Town is hospitable, and welcoming this festive season. Cape Town is the most biodiverse city in the world with a coastline to be proud of by global standards,” Andrews added.

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Blue Flag beaches to enjoy this summer

Visitors can take advantage of these excellent waters at several Blue Flag beaches this festive season, including Bikini Beach, Camps Bay, Clifton 4th Beach, Fish Hoek, Llandudno, Melkbosstrand, Muizenberg and Silwerstroom.

In addition to these eight, two other beaches, namely Mnandi and Strandfontein, have also been awarded pilot Blue Flag status.