Sewage pipe woes for Mpophomeni woman

2015-04-30 16:48
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Dudu Gumede points at the damaged pipe.

PHOTO: supplied Dudu Gumede points at the damaged pipe.

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LIFE is miserable for a Mpophomeni woman who, since December, has been living with a foul stench following a burst sewage pipe.

Dudu Gumede from EmaRomeni area told Echo she has been reporting the matter to the municipality since last year, but nothing has been done. The problem started when a sewage pipe, connecting four houses, burst last year. A neighbour had even called his own plumber to fix the problem.

“The problem started in December after heavy rains and water flooded into my house. Things got worse as I started seeing faeces in front of my house. I reported the matter to the municipality and plumbers were sent to the area where they checked and confirmed that a pipe had broken somewhere.

“They promised to come back, but up until now I am still waiting. I reported the matter to the ward councillor, but the problem continues.”

Gumede said one of her main concerns is that the situation has become a health hazard as her neighbour’s waste also floods into her house.

“No one can bear a foul smell for so long. My younger son developed boils recently and I believe it’s due to the environment I am living in. I don’t know what else to do as I have reported the matter.”

Ward 8 councillor Sipho Ndlovu said he is unaware of the matter, but will investigate.

“I only know of one house in the area that has a huge storm-water problem, but municipal plumbers are working on it. I will have to investigate the matter as I don’t think someone could live with a burst sewer pipe for this long,” said Ndlovu

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