Stephanie Saville
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18 Jan 2008
00:00

E. coli spike in Duzi river

Stephanie Saville

INDEPENDENT testing conducted on Tuesday on water from the Msunduzi River at the weir below Makro indicated a higher than expected E. coli bacteria count.

INDEPENDENT testing conducted on Tuesday on water from the Msunduzi River at the weir below Makro indicated a higher than expected E. coli bacteria count.

Dr Francois Talbot, of Talbot & Talbot (Pty) Ltd, said their tests indicated the presence of 29 000 E. coli colonies per 100 ml.

He said that if paddlers fell into the water at the weir, it would not mean they would automatically become sick. “But the risk is there.”

Dusi task team spokesman Ian Bailey said that at Camps Drift on Wednesday, the water quality was “an acceptable moderately low health risk”.