Ezemvelo intervenes in river contamination

2015-06-11 06:00
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The Umbango River has been subject to numerous sewage spills.

PHOTO: candyce krishna The Umbango River has been subject to numerous sewage spills.

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EZEMVELO KZN Wildlife, the Department of Water and Sanitation, the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Provincial Environmental Affairs and the Ugu District Municipality visited the Umbango River at the end of May.

The inspection was conducted after it came to Ezemvelo’s attention that a sewage spill has destroyed the river.

The sewage spill was caused after the waste water treatment works was vandalised.

Musa Mntambo, Ezemvelo spokesperson, said it was not only the sewage spill, but other factors that contributed to the contamination of the river.

“Among them are illegal sewage to stormwater connections by developers that lead to continual pollution of this system and stormwater run-off directed to sewer connections that will overwhelm the treatment works during heavy rain.

“This requires enforcement from both the local Hibiscus Coast Municipality and the Ugu District Municipality,” said Mntambo.

The Umbango Wastewater Treatment works was found to be fully operational at the time of the inspection, but there was concern that the pump station further downstream was not properly secured.

“This pump station is vulnerable to theft and vandalism, of which there have been recent incidents of. Ugu will be supplying the details to the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Department of Environmental Affairs will be taking this up with local and district municipalities to ensure these incidences are reduced or eliminated in future,” he said

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