CT's desalinated water may have long-term health risks, scientists warn

Scientists in the Western Cape have warned of long-term health risks associated with drinking Cape Town's treated sea water.

Desalinated sea water still carries concentrated traces of contaminants and pollutants, according to scientific researchers from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

UWC's Professor Leslie Petrik explains that effluent going into the ocean has a concentration of chemicals.

Read: 20% of water in Beaufort West is recycled sewage water. Could Cape Town be next?

She also explains that the desalination intake pipes will be positioned very close to local marine sewage outfall pipes.

According to Prof Petrik, drinking such contaminated water can be linked to health risks such as feminization, cancer and mutagenicity.

Also read: Less flushing in Cape Town could cause more disease-transmission, warns expert

Our studies have shown that there are low concentrations of a plethora of chemicals in the water.

Prof Leslie Petrik, Leader of the Environmental and Nano Science Research group at UWC

The desalination plants are going to be relatively close to where the sewage outfall pipes are.

Prof Leslie Petrik, Leader of the Environmental and Nano Science Research group at UWC

These compounds are coming through into drinking water and there are a variety of health effects that have already been tracked.

Prof Leslie Petrik, Leader of the Environmental and Nano Science Research group at UWC

Listen to the professor outline the concerns with desalination:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
South Africans can't ask Google to remove their names from searches - yet

South Africans can't ask Google to remove their names from searches - yet

In the future, citizens could ask for search results to be removed if info is outdated, untrue or defamatory under the POPI Act.

How did the meaning of red change? Here's a brief history of colour in art

How did the meaning of red change? Here's a brief history of colour in art

Art historian Dr Hilary Hope Guise will present on the iconography and meaning of blue and red as a part of the UCT Summer School.

20% of water in Beaufort West is recycled sewage water. Could Cape Town be next?

20% of water in Beaufort West is recycled sewage water. Could Cape Town be next?

Water expert Pierre Marais says effluent supplied by the municipality undergoes a lengthy treatment process before it's drinkable.

Desalination plants aren't a panacea for water crisis, says myth-busting expert

Desalination plants aren't a panacea for water crisis, says myth-busting expert

Dr David Olivier says a range of combined efforts are needed to fight the water crisis and the misinformation that surrounds it.

Less flushing in Cape Town could cause more disease-transmission, warns expert

Less flushing in Cape Town could cause more disease-transmission, warns expert

Epidemiologist and health expert Dr Jo Barnes says less flushing poses a risk for the City's sewage system and health of locals.

CoCT denies plans to build desalination plant on Mouille Point promenade

CoCT denies plans to build desalination plant on Mouille Point promenade

A small-scale temporary plant may be built in the harbour area of Granger Bay.

Popular articles
'Mr Watson intended to lobby Jacob Zuma on who to appoint as NDPP'

'Mr Watson intended to lobby Jacob Zuma on who to appoint as NDPP'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Kyle Cowan, an investigative journalist at News24.

Motsoeneng admits to accepting more than R1m from Bosasa

Motsoeneng admits to accepting more than R1m from Bosasa

The former SABC COO insists that Bosasa gave him more than R1.1 million to fight his legal battles for nothing in return.

W Cape new traffic bill to clamp down on speeding highlighted by drag race crash

W Cape new traffic bill to clamp down on speeding highlighted by drag race crash

This comes after a car that was drag racing on the national road was involved in a horrific accident on Monday morning.

Zimbabweans hope Mnangagwa's return from Russia will calm the troubled country

Zimbabweans hope Mnangagwa's return from Russia will calm the troubled country

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to arrive in Zimbabwe on Monday at 9 PM after a week in Russia, says Zim journo.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Eskom has warned that more power cuts can be expected as maintenance continues over the next twelve months.