FOR more than five years, Cleland and Mkondeni residents say they have been fighting a losing battle with the Msunduzi Municipality over the on-going sewage spill problems they have had to endure. They claim that sewage overflows into the Mkondeni stream via a pipe channelled into the stormwater drain and that every time the problem is reported to the municipality, they are told “it is going to be fixed”, but to no avail.Veron Vogt, Cleland Ratepayers’ Association chairman told Maritzburg Fever that the spill has killed some of fish in the river. “We have had this problem since I have been the chairman for the ratepayers. The municipality recently installed a sewerage pipe in the stormwater drain, which is not normal. “It is disgusting that sewage water runs everywhere and some of the stream is now blocked. The smell is unbearable when the sewer overflows in Hereford Road.” Vogt said they are more concerned now that summer is around the corner, bringing with it heavy rain. “If the sewer is overflowing now, imagine when there is heavy rain - the whole area will be covered in sewage.”The problem also affects Mkondeni factories that say they also have sewerage blockages at least every three months and the municipality has not retaliated. When Maritzburg Fever visited the area last week, the stench was unbearable. One of the streams behind a store in Mkondeni has been turned into an illegal dump site as locals now throw their rubbish there. Comment from the municipality was outstanding at the time of going to press.