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