Lusush­wana still

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

Two weeks later, the source of t he wa­ter pol l ut i on at t he Lusush­wana River re­mains un­known wit h t he S wazil a nd En­vi­ron­ment Au­thor­ity (SEA) still await­ing lab­o­ra­tory test re­sults to de­ter­mine what could have made it black.

A fort­night ago, the Sun­day Ob­server re­ported the wa­ter pol­lu­tion which has turned the river black. The SEA took sam­ples of the wa­ter for test­ing.

SEA Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Belusile Mh­langa said they were await­ing lab­o­ra­tory re­sults as the sam­ples were sub­mit­ted to an in­de­pen­dent en­tity for test­ing.

She has, how­ever, re­it­er­ated warn­ings that the pub­lic should re­frain from us­ing the wa­ter for do­mes­tic pur­poses and avoid con­sum­ing its fish.

The ab­sence of tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence about the source of the pol­lu­tion has given rise to spec­u­la­tion as guards sit­u­ated along the river stated that they sus­pected that the pol­lu­tion orig­i­nated from a mal­func­tion­ing ef­flu­ent plant sit­u­ated along the place where wa­ter was vis­i­bly black.

This they say may have re­sulted from short­age of elec­tric­ity two weeks ago. No­tably, there are two ef­flu­ent plants within the area.

On the other hand, a source within t he S wazil a nd Wa­ter Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion (SWSC) al­leged that some com­pa­nies within the in­dus­trial site do not have ef­flu­ent plants as they dump their waste in the river, by­pass­ing the one from SWSC as they try to min­imise costs.

Sug­gested

The source sug­gested that SEA should carry out in­spec­tions in the area which would ex­pose such com­pa­nies.

Mh­langa, how­ever, said SEA was not aware of such com­pa­nies but said those

who knew these com­pa­nies should re­port them to the au­thor­ity.

"Pre­cau­tions should also be ex­er­cised for any other uses un­til SEA de­ter­mines the na­ture of pol­lu­tion from the re­sults of the wa­ter anal­y­sis which we are still await­ing from the in­de­pen­dent lab­o­ra­tory," warned Mh­langa. The pol­luted river sup­plies wa­ter to fam­i­lies and en­ti­ties within its cor­ri­dor, in­clud­ing Nh­lam­beni, Sid­vokodvo and Mat­sapha.

Lusush­wana River look­ing black on Tues­day due to the pol­lu­tion whose source is still un­known.

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