The City of Cape Town announced that Llandudno Beach, which lies along the Atlantic seaboard, is closed until further notice on 10 January because a nearby sewer pump station overflowed.
LLANDUDNO BEACH CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The City said the sewer pump station overflow happened after an ultrasonic level sensor malfunctioned due to a power surge caused by load shedding. The sensor has since been replaced and the overflow halted.
“This sensor helps to measure the sump (storage) levels at the pump station so that pumps can be switched on or off automatically to help manage the flow of sewage through this site,” said the City.
The beach was closed to the public from Monday. City Health officials will take water samples on a daily basis until the water quality levels are within the minimum requirement for recreational activities.
Tidal pools in Kalk Bay and Dalebrook were reopened on Monday. However, the beach section between the tidal pools – from Dalebrook to Kalk Bay – remains closed to the public until further notice.
“The public is advised to avoid contact with the water in this beach section until further notice. Health warning signage remains in place, advising the public accordingly,” said the City.
Llandudno Beach is the latest in a series of beaches closed by the city due to sewer problems recently.
As previously reported, the City of Cape Town has implemented several ways to mitigate the impact of load shedding at its sewer pump stations, including:
- Larger priority sewer pump stations are fitted with permanent generators as a measure to increase the resilience of sanitation supply systems
- Maintenance staff are on standby and will use mobile generators to power smaller pumps
- All pump stations are fitted with telemetry to help monitor the sump levels of the facilities
The City said sewer spills and overflows are expected during the higher stages of load shedding despite the contingency measures in place.