Municipality in bad odour with residents over blocked and leaking sewers

2012-07-23 00:00

COMPLAINTS about Pietermaritbzurg’s failing sewerage system are mounting. The latest are from residents of Chasedene, who say they have had to endure the stench of raw sewage streaming down Connor Road for more than a week.

Complaints to the Msunduzi Municipality have gone unheeded. There are concerns that if the situation continues, the local Cascades River which flows into the Msunduzi stream will become polluted, causing a bigger environmental crisis.

M.H. Horner, a resident in Chase­dene, said: “We have tried to contact the Msunduzi Municipality to report this leak because of the terrible stench, but we have not been getting any joy.”

He said the sewage leak flows into the stormwater drainage and then goes straight into the stream near Cascades shopping centre.

“This is not good for the environment and surely the municipality needs to do something about this before it causes an outbreak,” said Horner.

Meanwhile, residents of Happy Valley in Woodlands have had to live for over a year with the stench of a blocked sewer line.

The Witness first reported their plight in April 2011 and then again in June this year after nothing was done about the problem. Residents say that they are still waiting for the sewer line to be re-routed as the municipality had promised.

The overflow has created a sewage pond that covers about 500 metres along a railway line where most families live.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said of the Happy Valley situation that the municipality would start clearing the sewage in August. It were awaiting authorisation from Transnet to dig a trench under the railway line to open the blocked sewer.

Zuma said a team of plumbers had been sent to fix the Connor Road problem.

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