Water quality forces event change

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 13 February 2010

The popular Merrifield Mile, which forms part of the Buffalo City Tri- Challenge, has been moved from the Nahoon River to Wriggleswade Dam because of fears over water quality.

Nahoon River

Kevin Harris, of the Nahoon Beach Blue Flag Lobby, said the situation required urgent attention from authorities. “I think the river is taking strain and is not looking healthy. There’s often a fat-like coating on the sand and a terrible smell.”

André Wood, chairperson of the Border Canoe Club, said the water quality in the Nahoon River was an issue that needed to be addressed. “There are days when you just don’t want to get into the water. “It’s a problem that needs to be sorted out because it affects our ability to host national events. It’s not only important to us to have a clean river, but the city itself will benefit.”

Water samples will be taken from various points along the Gonubie, Quinera, Nahoon and Buffalo rivers over the next six-week period. Samples will also be taken from Ihlanza River and the Blind River. Two water samples from two different locations will be taken from Gonubie, one from Quinera, three from the Nahoon River and one from the Buffalo River. One sample each will be taken from the Ihlanza and Blind Rivers respectively.

Test results, along with information on the tides and weather, will be published in the Saturday Dispatch.

Source: Dispatch online

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