Black Tongaat River results in dead fish on river bank
Dead fish were found washed up on the banks of the Tongaat River after a suspected sewage spill last week.
Communities received a warning from the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to refrain from fishing and doing other recreational activities in the Tongaat River after a ‘devastating effluent’ spill contaminated the river water.
The warning came after a Ballito resident, Tony Perkins came across dead fish scattered along the river mouth while on a walk with his dogs on Friday morning. He told the North Coast Courier that as he continued walking he saw that the river water was ‘pitch black’ and had a foul smell. This contaminated river water was said to have been flowing into the sea.
The Ward 58 Councillor Geoff Pullan said that the issue was reported to the water and sanitation department last week Thursday.
He stated that the authorities need to conduct a proper inspections on the spillage and to urgently address the issue.
“We will provide an update once they become available” Pullan said
The water is believed to have been contaminated by a sewage spill because of the strong sulphur smell coming from river water.
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