The City of Cape Town (CoCT) has released the latest report on coastal water quality.
The latest report covers coastal water quality for a 12-month period from 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2020.
It reflects the outcome of statistical analysis as set out by the National Guidelines of 2 400 bacterial sample tests taken from 99 sites along Cape Town’s 307 km of coastline.
The report has shown that three popular beaches on the Atlantic coastline have regressed into the ‘poor’ category among which Camps Bay tidal pool, Bakoven bungalows, and Hout Bay beach.
On the False Bay coastline water quality at Boulders Beach, Clovelly, Mnandi Beach west and Mnandi Beach east regressed into the ‘poor’ category.
The following areas reported chronic coastal water quality problems in 2019, and remained as such in 2020:
- Lagoon Beach
- Three Anchor Bay
- Central False Bay; and
- Macassar to Gordon’s Bay
The City said it is doing all it can to improve coastal water quality through various interventions including investing in infrastructure to reduce pollution and minimize the impact of “our city on the environment.”