Raw sewage spilling on to streets in Ladysmith

2012-09-18 00:00

PARTS of Ladysmith are drowning in raw sewage, which is spilling into the Klip River, say concerned residents.

They blame the uThukela District Municipality’s water and sanitation department for failing to address leaks in the sewerage system.

This was an annual occurrence, especially in the rainy season, said the residents.

Ronél ten Napel, of Battlefields suburb, said she had lodged a complaint with the environmental crime line over the unhygienic conditions resulting from the spillage.

“Why are authorities spending millions on new sidewalk pavings, footpaths and palm trees when farmers and rural settlements downstream of the Klip River are left with polluted drinking water?” she asked.

Ten Napel said there were at least three open raw sewage sources flooding and flowing directly into the Klip River. “I have reported this on several occasions, but my pleas have been ignored,” she said.

Residents of Jantha Street are also upset over sewage flowing into their yards. They say that sewage started flowing out of a manhole and down a drain that runs through the yards of several homes in the area.

Glen Singh, deputy manager of the uThukela District Municipality’s water department, said he was aware of the problem and appealed to reduce the high level of illegal dumping into the sewer system.

“The problem is that 90% of our sewage challenges are as a result of people dumping foreign objects into the sewer system, which leads to sewerage pipe bursts,” he said.

Singh said the recent rains had exacerbated the situation.

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