Let’s sniff out the culprits polluting our air

2014-07-07 00:00

foul air

LAST week we were after the polluters, this week, it is a case of sniffing out the culprits polluting our air and some sharp noses are required.

Erika Rosslind has asked whether Warriors had anyone complain about chemical smell coming from the Masons Mill area. She singled out a company, but it is unfair to name names without an investigation and proof.

Rosslind writes, “I live in Pelham and we are regularly ‘bombarded’ with this smell. It was especially bad last Sunday. I moved to Pelham in September last year and since then I have suffered from sinusitis that just won’t quit.”

Rosslind said she phoned the company that she felt the smell was coming from and said, “after an abrupt ‘there’s no smell coming from our factory’”, the phone was put down on her.

Rosslind’s complaint was sent to Msunduzi’s Environmental Health Unit which is investigating the matter.

Readers who can shed more light on the smell or are bothered about air pollution like Rosslind, please e-mail Warriors.

Water leaks: good and bad

Noodsberg Road residents were left wondering why they had no water on and off for more than 48 hours last week.

The explanation from Msunduzi Municipality was that a pressure valve had failed and caused multiple pipe bursts in the area. These were fixed, but when they tried to open the valve to fill the pipes with water, the spindle on the valve broke. Work had to start from scratch replacing the valve.

All of this goes to show what big problems the city faces with its ageing infrastructure. As we said last week that Msunduzi has become a leaking city. The R250 million that has been put aside in the latest budget for infrastructure maintenance is most welcome.

However, it could be because of the large number of leaks in the city or bad reporting structures that a leak from a pipe burst in Sirkod Road, Raisethorpe went unattended for more than three months

The residents had records of the number of times they called and had reference numbers. Warriors were assured that it would get attention and will be checking if this indeed happens.

Halt on waste of garbage bags

Reader, James Mills expressed his concern over the waste of black bin bags. He said municipal staff clean the verges and gutters or cut the grass, and fill the bags with a few handfuls of grass cuttings instead of being more economical by filling them up more and using fewer bags.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha thanked Mills for pointing out this problem. She assured him that an improvement will be made and workers will be encouraged to use the black waste bags more economically.

However, Mafumbatha pointed out that the bags are also used to pick up sand and silt, which is heavy and therefore cannot always be filled to the top as the bags will break.

Mills also complained about the bags not being removed immediately after the clean-up, but are left standing for several days before they are picked up.

Warriors was told that the offending bags in Alexandra Road Ext had been removed. The next hurdle will be to get the bags in all sections of the city to be taken away immediately after the clean-up

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