New sewer system for Margate

2012-10-10 00:00

MARGATE’S 64-year-old sewerage network will be replaced over the next five years at a cost of R24,5 million, after beaches in this popular holiday destination had to be closed twice during the past months due to broken pumps.

The Ugu district council this week prepared a business plan with the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry after pumps at the Nkongweni River broke for the second time at the start of September.

The pumps also failed at the start of June. Each time the sewerage pumps break, raw sewage flows into the rivier, and effluent is washed up on Margate’s beaches.

Sipho Khuzwayo, spokesperson for Ugu’s council, said Margate’s sewerage system was built in 1948 and was now very old. Storm damage during 2000 also added to the wear and tear.

Margate’s beaches were opened in the middle of September after tests following repairs to the pumps had shown the water met health standards.

New pumps had been ordered from Germany and they are supposed to be delivered at the end of December, said Khuzwayo.

Mava Scott, spokesperson for Water Affairs, said the department had ordered Ugu council to fix the town’s sewerage after repeated spillages onto beaches.

With the replacement of the sewerage system, the pipes that currently run through the Nkongweni river, where they pose a potential pollution hazard, would also be moved, added Khuzwayo.

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