Sewage spill floods streets

2017-05-24 06:03
Children walk on the side of the flooded Mozart Street.Photos: Teboho Setena

Children walk on the side of the flooded Mozart Street.Photos: Teboho Setena

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Residents of Mozart and Bach Street in Heidedal, Bloemfontein, are battling sewage spillage due to constant drain blockage.

The houses here were hit by huge sewage spills which flooded the yards and streets over the course of five days during last week.

Although the residents reported the problem, it has not been ­attended to by the municipal ­workers responsible for sewerage work.

These employees of the municipality participated in the ongoing strike of the workers affiliated with the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu).

As a result, the residents were trapped in sewage for days due to a blocked and overflowing sewerage system, which made life unbearable.

Sewage was streaming down the two streets and through the yards of the residents in Ward 47 of the Mangaung Metro Municipality, administering Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu.

About 17 houses were affected and their occupants struggled to access their homes, cook and wash, as the drain systems of their houses were also overflowing.

One of the affected residents, Solomon Phangwa, said the blockage made life unbearable for most of them.

“This was just worse than before. The condition is hazardous for the health of everyone,” said Phangwa.

Affected residents began with mop-up cleaning of the spillage in their yards and homes on Monday (22/05).

This is after a contractor had attended to the blocked sewerage in Witherow Avenue and Papers Street.

The overflowing sewage also affected the flow of traffic, as the streets were flooded.

Some residents placed bricks and stones in the spill to use as bridges to cross the flooded streets.

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