Failing city sewers causebig stink

2009-11-17 00:00

UNDER-PRESSURE and worn-out sewer systems are causing a stink by leaking into houses and businesses, causing substantial losses and damage.

Yesterday, John van Aswegen, a manager at the city’s Toyota dealership, was forced to operate in an unhygienic environment after a sewer leaked in the showroom, causing a bad stench.

“Although we are still open, the customers are not enjoying the environment,” said Van Aswegen.

He said it is not the first time there has been a leak.

“This has been going on for several months, but today is the worst.”

Van Aswegen said he contacted his landlord about the problem, and he promised to sort it out on Thursday.

By yesterday afternoon, Van Aswegen said the situation had deteriorated as raw sewage continued to leak into his showroom.

On Friday, Eunice Maphumulo of Ntuthuko Ville in Woodlands was awoken by the stench of raw sewage after her toilet burst and flooded her house.

She said that at about 4  am, her toilet burst releasing all the sewage from a nearby leaking septic tank inside her house.

“For the past year-and-a-half that septic tank has been problematic.

“Every time it leaks, my toilet almost overflows and today [Friday] it burst, leaving massive damage and stench inside my house,” said Maphumulo.

She said that last Sunday the septic tank started leaking again and she informed the municipality. “They showed up and drained it a little and left, and now it has burst into my house.”

Maphumulo blamed the municipality for the incident, saying they connected too many people on the system and now it can no longer cope.

“When it was installed in 1995 we never had any problems with it, the problems started last year when they connected more people to it.”

She said because the septic tank overflows daily, and the storm drains are no longer working, a sewage dam has been created a few metres below their houses. It is a health hazard because it is deep and smelly.

Ntobeko Ngcobo, the spokesperson for the Msunduzi Municipality, said the municipality is dealing with the situation in Ntuthuko Ville.






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