After heavy rains, most of the rivers and dams are left with foreign objects deposited in the rivers and dams posing more danger than Covid-19 to community members who are using the facility to cool off.
When President Ramaphosa announced the government’s decision to bar public access to beaches in the Eastern Cape between 16 December 2020 and 3rd January 2021 It was due to numbers of coronavirus infections spiking sharply. In the process declaring the Eastern Cape as the new epicenter for Covid-19 second wave infection.
Holiday lovers then saw it opportune to use rivers and dams as a substitution of beaches following the enforcement of stricter restrictions by the government with the aim of minimizing the spread of the virus during festive season. The festive season is known year of the uncommon with its own challenges.
On social media platforms recently, the Department of Water and Sanitation noted with sadness the new trends of people using Rivers and Dams to escape the hot weather patterns currently sweeping across the country accompanied by heavy rains leaving a trail of distraction.
After heavy rains, most of the rivers and dams are left with foreign objects deposited in the rivers and dams posing more danger than Covid-19 to community members who are using the facility to cool off. Amongst objects deposited in the river system are sharp objects in a form of gasses steel that can easily injure a person who is unaware of the object when stepping on it.
Recently one of the leading causes of unintentional death is caused by drowning in most cases under influence of liquor. Most waste water treatment plants in the country are discharging effluent water that is not 100% green drop compliant as a result that brings a concern relating to health to those who swim in rivers.
The Department of Water and Sanitation urges citizens not to swim in rivers and dams for their safety during this festive period.
By Marcus Monyakeni. Communications Specialist, Department Water and Sanitation.