Midmar is being polluted

2014-07-23 00:00

UMGUNGUNDLOVU District Municipality manager Sbu Khuzwayo admitted Midmar is being polluted.

He said sewer lines from the township had collapsed and need to be renewed.

Over the next three years, the municipality will spend about R160 million putting in waste water treatment works, new sewer lines and restoring the degraded wetlands.

He said the project could go out to tender in two months.

Khuzwayo said just fixing the sewerage system in Mpophomeni would not be enough.

He said an important issue was community education. “In some cases, the community abuses the [sewer] system. They throw things in there that do not belong in the system like plastic and stones, which then blocks it and the system backs up and spills out.”

Khuzwayo said the municipality had inherited a lot of the problems but are doing their best to turn the situation around.

A Green Drop survey, which looks at key performance around water issues, scored the municipality at 76% last year, up from 27% in 2009.

R16o mln to fix system

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