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Zandvlei water area closed over high E.coli count

The City of Cape Town has taken precautions and temporarily closed the Zandvlei water area due to concerns about water quality.

The City's biodeversity management team says the Zandvlei water body currently contains high levels of E.coli.

The contaminated water poses an elevated risk to human health.

City official Julia Wood explains that high E.coli levels emanate from sewage that was flowing from a collapsed mainline sewer.

Locals are warned to avoid all contact with the water at Zandvlei until further notice.

However, access to the Zandvlei Nature Reserve and other visitor facilities in the area is still open.

The closure affects recreational activities including fishing and water sports.

Wood says officials will investigate the cause of the collapsed sewer line and adds that it was not linked to the recent protests in Vrygrond.

The water body is closed as a result of a mainline sewer that collapsed.

Julia Wood, Manager at the Biodeversity management branch in the City of Cape Town

We had a lot of sewage going into the vlei, but that has since stopped.

Julia Wood, Manager at the Biodeversity management branch in the City of Cape Town

We managed to stop the flow of the sewage, but the water still has a very high fecal coliform in it.

Julia Wood, Manager at the Biodeversity management branch in the City of Cape Town

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