Do not throw animals in drains

2015-07-30 06:01


When City officials visited the problematic water retention pond they found that some residents were disposing items on the sewerage system which caused the problems.

When City officials visited the problematic water retention pond they found that some residents were disposing items on the sewerage system which caused the problems.

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Residents have been warned against disposing of materials that lead to the blockages of sewer systems in communities.

This is after residents in Lower Crossroad’s Phase Two complained of sewerage blockage that has been a problem for close to seven years.

On 16 July, City Vision published an article in which residents complaining bitterly about a water retention pond that was spilling sewage into their homes and streets.

They said that the problem was a constant and that they had come to live with it. City Vision contacted the City which promised to send officials to the area to check the cause of the problem.

Ernest Sonnenberg, mayco member for transport, said that the problem was caused by sewer blockages.

“In this case, the overflow is ending up in the City’s stormwater retention ponds. These blockages are caused by residents disposing of inappropriate objects into the sewerage system, in this case an animal carcass, a mannequin and builders rubble were found in the manhole,” said Sonnenberg.

He went on to urge residents to avoid dumping such materials in these systems.

“We ask that residents please refrain from disposing any item that may cause a blockage (cooking fats, rags, general litter etc.) in future.

The City is in the process of cleaning the pipeline and removing the blockages, however conditions will worsen again if abuse of the system continues,” said Sonnenberg.

Local Sanco leader Sandile Malgas said that they had yet to see any work done at the pond.

“We have noted that some of officials have been sent to assess the area but we have received no report and have not seen any work being done.

We will have to wait and see if anything will be done,” he said

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