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Sewage, dead fish and red tape

Something fishy is clearly going on in the Touw River which runs through Wilderness. It’s causing the fish to die in considerable numbers, and driven some holiday-makers to cut short their vacation on the water’s edge because of fear for their health.

But when the Wild News, alerted to the situation by irate residents and guest house owners, decided to investigate on Tuesday this week (10 July 2018), and to see what action the relevant authorities would take, they found themselves caught up in a fishing net of red tape – and a sickening smell.

On arrival at the Touw, normally a paradise for local fisherman, and tourists visiting the town, the reporters were greeted by the sight of at least five Spotted Grunters floating belly-up in the water. At the same time, they were assailed by a nauseating smell that was clearly not emanating from the dead fish. Upon further investigation, they came across a sewerage pump, clearly in need of maintenance, and not working. Suspicions are that the circuit breaker to the pump could be faulty, causing the electrical supply to trip on a regular basis and so allowing the sewage to seep into the Touw River.

When the Wild News approached the George Municipality it was told that the matter had been escalated to their civil department. It had also been brought to the attention of the Eden District Municipality who, according to a spokesperson from George Municipality, is the authority mandated to ensure the health of the river.

An official response has not yet been received from SANParks, approached for comment as the Touw River flows through the Garden Route National Park which falls directly under its control. However, reporters were told that the water is tested on a regular basis and the e-coli levels are within the limits determined by the department of health. Somehow one wonders if the large number of fish which have died in the river recently would agree with that statement.


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