Slud­ge, slud­ge e­ver­y­w­he­re…

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News - – Staff re­por­ter

… and not a drop to drink

Li­quo­ri­ce milks­ha­ke anyo­ne? Ex­cept it’s not. Shoc­ked Knys­na re­si­dents took to so­ci­al me­dia out­lets on Tu­es­day 27 No­vem­ber w­hen, inste­ad of wa­ter e­ma­na­ting from their taps, t­hey we­re con­fron­ted with a mur­ky pri­mor­di­al ooze, ap­pa­rent­ly due to a le­a­ky val­ve at the T­he­sen Hill re­ser­voir. It took an en­ti­re nig­ht for the re­si­du­es of our ve­ry own C­re­a­tu­re from the Black La­goon to sub­si­de past the half­way mark of a full glass of the en­ti­ty pou­red by Knys­naP­lett He­rald.

A se­cond sur­pri­se ca­me in the form of the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s an­noun­ce­ment: “T­he­re is so­me dis­co­lou­ra­ti­on in the wa­ter,” it said, “but sa­fe for con­sump­ti­on” – qui­te pos­si­bly f­or­get­ting in its has­te to ap­pe­a­se da­zed ci­ti­zens to add “by fel­low ot­her­wor­ld­ly cre­a­tu­res”.

And des­cri­bing the hue of such dark rub­be­ry sli­me as “dis­co­lou­ra­ti­on” is not un­li­ke cal­ling Jef­frey Dahmer a per­son with u­ni­que e­a­ting ha­bits.

The mo­ral of the s­to­ry he­re is to so­meti­mes ta­ke w­hat your ci­vil aut­ho­ri­ties ha­ve to of­fer with a pinch of salt. Not that that, or any ot­her mi­ne­ral ad­di­ti­on, could sa­ve such a frig­h­te­ningly du­bi­ous be­vera­ge.

P­ho­to: Ya­seen Gaf­far

Knys­na-P­lett He­rald jour­na­list S­te­fan Goo­sen he­si­ta­tes be­fo­re tes­ting a glass of Knys­na’s drin­king wa­ter on Tu­es­day 27 No­vem­ber.

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