Analyses indicate higher than normal levels of bacterial activity than measured on average, in the northern section of the catchment at Pepper Bay, Hoedjies Bay, Caravan Park and Bok River monitoring points the bacterial activity were high, at levels not recommended for full contact recreational activities.
In the southern section of the bay the bacterial activity levels were lower and the water fit for use, but levels were higher than the average.
The higher bacterial activity is most probably due to the rain events we had during June 2018, this is normally the case when contaminated storm water runs to sea.
Although our strategic water resources has risen dramatically since our last report and SBM has lowered the water restrictions, we still need to take care in terms of water usage. We are not out of danger yet on the medium term (2 to 3 years scenario) with average dam levels just above 50%.