Builders blamed for blocked sewer

2016-07-15 10:08
Ward councillor Jay Singh shows the leaking sewer in Gogas Road.

Ward councillor Jay Singh shows the leaking sewer in Gogas Road. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A sewer that has been overflowing for almost two weeks in Raisethorpe has left residents and a local doctor frustrated.

According to the residents in the Gogas Road area, the problem has been recurring since 2012, but the municipality said the problem was caused by an “irresponsible” land owner who is currently building on the site.

Local doctor Vidwaan Singh, who lives in the area, said the “unhealthy situation” was raised two years ago and the municipality promised to fix the leaking sewer after the development of a block of flats.

“We were told that they were building a block flats on the site of the leaking sewer and that they will sort it out once the flats were built. However, the flats were built and we still have the problem,” he said.

Msunduzi water and sanitation manager Brenden Sivparsad confirmed the matter has since been sorted out.

He said the owner constructing the building had damaged the sewer manhole, which resulted in silt, bricks and debris clogging the space.

“We could not jet the blockage out as we usually do. Our team had to physically jump in and remove the bricks and sewage that piled up,” Sivparsad said.

The blockage caused a major build-up of sewage.

According to another resident living in the area, the smell of the leaking sewer had residents shutting their doors and windows.

“It stinks. There are times when we can live with it and there are times when it is totally unbearable,” said the resident, who did not want to be named.

Ward councillor Jaiheen Singh said he also raised the residents’ frustrations with the Msunduzi municipality.

“A permanent solution needs to be enforced to resolve the problem. I have all correspondence dating back to 2012 with this messy situation, which has now turned stinky in the City Of Choice,” Singh said.

Sivparsad said he personally visited the site on Sunday and saw that the problem had eventually been resolved.

“It did take us a while to sort it out because the team had to physically remove everything. It was a serious health hazard for the community and I credit the guys who do a thankless job and sort out situations like this,” he said.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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