MEDIA RELEASE - TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER 2019
SAFE SWIMMING WATER AT MIDMAR
A recent social media post circulating within the swimming community advised that Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife had stopped all swimming at Midmar Dam due to poor water conditions.
Water quality is a major concern for water sports in KwaZulu-Natal and with the support of the team at Dusi Umgeni Conservation Trust (DUCT) tests were conducted with four samples taken on the evening of Tuesday 1 October 2019 at Midmar Dam. The first sample was taken approximately 50 metres from the main slipway, while the other three were taken progressively further out, with the last one about 300 metres from the shoreline.
The average of the four results recorded less than 2 E. coli per 100 ml. To put this into perspective, the accepted international standard for open water swimming is 130 E. coli per 100 ml. 'I personally would drink water with those low readings,' said our Race Director today. 'The event includes the KwaZulu-Natal Aquatics Open Water Championships and so clean water is essential.'
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