Prime polluter formally commits to prohibiting pollution

PRIME POLLUTER FORMALLY COMMITS TO PROHIBITING POLLUTION

The first sentence of the municipality’s published comment on our article “The Knysna Estuary can still be saved…” is nonsensical on its face.

On page 2 of the 7 March 2018 Sedgefield Edge, the municipal spokesperson says:

“The Knysna Municipality remains committed to prohibit any pollution of its most important natural asset, the Knysna lagoon.”

But Knysna Municipality itself is the prime polluter of the Knysna lagoon, and has been for over a decade! The Waste Water Treatment Works is far and away the leading source of pollution of the Knysna Estuary. And the second leading source– the Bongani Catchment– is under the municipality’s jurisdiction and control. So what does it mean for the prime polluter to reassure ratepayers that it “remains committed to prohibit any pollution of its most important natural asset, the Knysna Lagoon”? It means absolutely nothing. An empty statement. When is Council going to start walking the talk, instead of just talking the talk?