Raw sewage turning the Mooi into a menace

2012-12-20 00:00

THE Mooi River, which is the lifeblood of local farmers and rural folk, has turned into a health hazard as raw sewage from a blocked pipe has been flowing into it for the past 11 days.

Democratic Alliance councillor Ken Denysschen said hundreds of litres of raw sewage continue to run into the river, putting the health of Bruntville residents at risk.

The sewage seeps through a manhole and flows into the stormwater drain and into the river.

“This may cause a lot of problems in the area if it is not fixed quickly. Lots of communities in the rural parts of this town are relying on this water for cooking and drinking,” said Denysschen.

Weston Agricultural College manager Bruce Blaker said the college was affected because it relied on the river water for its livestock and for watering crops.

He said he switched off the college’s water pump yesterday morning.

The pipe blockage happened often when the sewerage plant experienced a power outage, he added.

“When there is no electricity they don’t have a backup plan. When this happens we get an environmental catastrophe” said Denysschen.

“We pump water from this river. The municipality must know that the population levels in the area are growing and they need to make sure that this sewerage pump is serviced regularly or a new one is installed.”

Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs spokesperson Jeffrey Zikhali said the department was unaware of the situation and would respond once it had complete information.

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