Rain causes havoc in Durban sewer systems

2011-12-01 00:00

HEAVY rain at the weekend and on Tuesday night caused havoc in KwaZulu Natal, especially in Durban area where it resulted in flooding of sewer systems.

eThekwini Municipality’s communication officer, Thabo Mofokeng, said the downpours the sewer system and some waste water treatment plants to overflow, possibly contaminating certain water bodies with sewage.

Furthermore, he said, this could pose an increased risk to public health due to high bacterial loads.

River mouths are not safe because of high bacterial loads, he said.

“Swimming at such beaches is discouraged. Rivers and stormwater drains are likely to be similarly contaminated and members of the public are advised to avoid contact with such water,” he advised.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said the heavy rain in Pietermaritzburg saw three houses collapsing in the Vulindlela area and flooding on certain roads.

“We urge people not throw litter into the stormwater drains because all the plastic, bottles and paper lead to further damage,” Zuma said.

Duzi Umngeni Conservation Trust general manager Doug Burden said the province is experiencing seasonal rain and Duct is monitoring the city closely.

More rain is expected this weekend.

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