River pollution – residents still await answers  

Scores of dead fish floating in the Chasedene stream




Maritzburg Sun last week reported that a spate of dead fish washing up along the banks of a city stream had alarmed residents who feared the underlying pollution was not only hazardous to aquatic life but also to humans who may come into contact with the toxic water.

When Maritzburg Sun revisited the stream this week, it was found that the dead fish had been washed away and there had been no further deaths. But residents say they are still concerned as there has been no thorough diagnosis of the problem conveyed to them from the municipality.

“The fish have cleared out possibly because had rain. It does not mean that the problem is gone,” said an irate resident.

Ward 25 councillor Melika Singh, who was alerted to the matter by Maritzburg Sun, said that she had intervened in the matter and was corresponding with the city’s environmental unit.

“The head of the City’s Environmental Health department has been alerted to the issue and is following it closely for feedback,”said Singh.

Municipality spokesperson, Thobeka Mafumbatha previously stated that units would be deployed to the area to evaluate the extent of the health hazard in the stream.

Mafumbatha, this week said, that she was still awaiting a report and results of the investigation.  “Environmental Health Units deployed to the water stream are yet to produce conclusive results of any possible health hazards,” she said.

Bongeka Sibisi

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