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Wastewater discharges

 

Environmental Goal

To reduce pollution of coastal waters as a result of land-based sources, shipping and atmospheric gasses

Indicator

 
Total daily wastewater discharged into the marine environment
 per coastal province, 2003
Source:  Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (2004).  Water Quality Management Series Sub-Series No. MS 13.4.  Operational policy for the disposal of land-derived water containing waste to the marine environment of South Africa: Appendices Edition 1.  Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Pretoria
 
 
 
Total daily wastewater discharged into the marine environment
 per coastal province, 2003
 
  Offshore discharges Surf zone discharges Estuary discharges

Northern Cape

-

150 000 140 000

Western Cape

50 000 275 000 130 000

Eastern Cape

45 000 45 000

-

KwaZulu-Natal

500 000 20 000 30 000
 
Source:  Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (2004).  Water Quality Management Series Sub-Series No. MS 13.4.  Operational policy for the disposal of land-derived water containing waste to the marine environment of South Africa: Appendices Edition 1.  Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Pretoria
 
 

Are we making progress?

Pollution of coastal waters can originate from land-based sources (industrial, municipal, agricultural run-off), shipping activity (accidental or deliberate discharges, garbage, and dumping) and atmospheric gases.  By international standards, South Africa’s coastal waters have very low levels of pollution.  There are as many as 67 discharge points, however, through which as much as 1.3 million m3 of wastewater is discharged daily into the marine environment. 
 
 
 
 
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