Smelly sewer blockage blamed on butchery

2010-02-15 00:00

A BUTCHERY has been blamed for the blocked sewer and unpleasant smell on Thomas Street.

On Thursday last week, a high- pressure machine was used to clean the blockage which began to stink early in the week.

Fingers were pointed at Willowton Meats for allegedly allowing fat and oils to enter the system.

“The sewer blockage can be directly attributed to the accumulation of fatty deposits within our sewer main,” said Brenden Sivparsad of the Msunduzi Municipality. “The water and sanitation unit can confirm the fatty deposits emanate from the local butchery.”

One of Willowton Meats’ owners, Asgar Dawood, said his butchery does not dispose of any excess fat. “I’m not an idiot who would throw away fat. It costs me money, and we sell every bit.” He said the accusations are the municipality’s way of “shifting the focus”.

“They are the problem,” he said. “The drains are always blocked. “

Dawood, said it is “a myth that butchers throw away fat”. He said every piece of meat is carefully cut and sold.

But Sivparsad said “the norm for any butchery is to have a grease or fat trap to capture deposits before it enters our sewer mains”.

The cleaning effort, which Sivparsad estimated cost R15 000, took two days and effectively closed Thomas Street and infuriated business owners.

“It was absolutely disgusting,” said a staff member at AH Cassimjee Optician, who had taken to burning incense in the store to neutralise the smell.

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