Sewage pool in Athlone garden

2013-11-01 00:00

IMAGINE waking up in your home to find a terrible stench coming from a cesspool of sewage.

Dave Erasmus of Athlone got the shock of his life when he opened his bedroom window yesterday morning.

“I never imagined in my wildest dreams that a 20th century upmarket suburb could have such a problem,” said Erasmus, a retired subject adviser for the Education Department.

He said initially he thought it was a water leak, but the stench and the colour of the water that was emerging from his beautiful garden made him realise that it was human waste that was flooding his yard.

“You would expect that this problem would be experienced in areas where there is a challenge to service delivery,” he said.

Erasmus said this had dampened his plans to play golf yesterday.

Erasmus said he suspected the sewage problem could either have been caused by a recent maintenance job that was done in upper Montgomery Drive or by Wednesday’s storm.

Msunduzi Municipality’s acting spokesperson, Nqobile Madonda, said they treated the problem as a priority because it was a municipal mainline sewer blockage.

“Our sanitation section has been notified and it will attended to within 24 hours,” she said.

Madonda could not confirm if the sanitation staff members had been able to fix the problem because the employees were still out in the field.

When The Witness phoned Erasmus later, he was very pleased with the work that had been done to fix the problem.

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