Underground seepage causing major problems

2017-02-09 06:02
Raw sewage or a water leak? While the Kouga Municipality blames excess water on an overflowing septic tank, a Wavecrest-resident is adamant that thousands of liters of water are wasted due to a water leak.  Photo:SUPPLIED

Raw sewage or a water leak? While the Kouga Municipality blames excess water on an overflowing septic tank, a Wavecrest-resident is adamant that thousands of liters of water are wasted due to a water leak. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE problem of underground water seeping through her house and causing it to crumble, appears to be worsening by the day.

With water seeping through her grass, structural foundations, paving, walls and floors, Veronica Swarts from 5 Rooikrans Avenue in Wavecrest, now wants to take the Kouga Municipality to court.

She says that not only is her property being flooded by this underground water, but it is also causing endless problems with the neighbours who believe that the water is coming from her septic tank.

Things have become so bad between the once friendly neighbours, that they no longer talk to one another.

Swarts, who has been complaining to the municipality for close on 10 years, is adamant that the excess water is not coming from the septic tank in her front garden as claimed by both residents and the municipality.

“Intermittent superficial inspections have been undertaken, but the underlying problem has never been solved satisfactorily,” she says.

“It appears that there is a slow underground leak in the piping system behind my property that runs at an angle to the front garden. Water seeps through my grass, structural foundation, and paving, as well as my walls and floors. It is impossible for the water, that supposedly comes from my septic tank, to travel uphill to the back of my garden.”

Swarts, who has been living in Rooikrans Avenue since 2003, says she first experienced problems with excess water some 10 years ago.

According to Swarts, her suspicion of a severe water leak was recently confirmed when the municipality started digging trenches for the new sewerage system to replace all septic tanks in the area. “Within hours the one trench next to my house was filled with clean water,” says Swarts.

Elza van Lingen, Kouga Mayor, says that the water was tested earlier this week.

“There are no traces of chlorine in the water, which means it is most likely groundwater and not treated water from a leak or overflow from the sewer tank.

“We would like to thank Swarts for bringing the matter to our attention.”

RReport leaks to: Jeffreys Bay - 042 200 2235/9, Humansdorp - 042 200 8350/3, St Francis Bay - 042 200 2251, and Hankey 042 200 8400.

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