Sewage pipes relined

2015-07-28 13:58
A R2m project is underway to prevent bacteria flowing onto Fish Hoek beach from the stormwater system.

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A R2m project is underway to prevent bacteria flowing onto Fish Hoek beach from the stormwater system. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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In a bid to reduce harmful bacteria spilling onto Fish Hoek beach, sewage pipes in Fish Hoek are being relined.

Sewage leaks or the incorrect disposal of organic waste creates E. coli bacteria, which enters the stormwater system and is then washed out onto the beach.

E. coli is a germ found in the intestines of humans and animals and can cause infectious diseases, as well as skin, eye, ear and respiratory irritations.

The project, which will cost just under R2m, will address a number of related issues.

Pipes are being relined for different reasons in different places, explains Ernest Sonnenberg, mayoral committee member for utility services.

“Corroded sewer pipes under Main Road are being relined to regain lost capacity and to prevent blockages in the system, and the old clay pipes in First, Second and Third avenues are being lined as part of the City’s scheduled pipe replacement programme, aimed at preventing future collapses and lowering the risk of leaks,” he says.

“Inspection of the sewerage network throughout the Fish Hoek and Clovelly areas also revealed a few minor leaks that were allowing sewage to enter the stormwater system. These leaks are also being repaired as part of this project.”

E. coli can enter the stormwater network from sewer overflows and illegal sewer to stormwater cross-connections.

However, in the Fish Hoek area, these are few and far between, and are generally quickly reported and immediately addressed, says Brett Heron, mayoral committee member for transport.

“Common sources of E. coli in the stormwater system include pet and bird droppings and the disposal of polluted water into the stormwater network by residents,” he says.

Incorrect disposal of organic waste or the cleaning of refuse bins can also lead to the bacteria entering the stormwater system.

“Organic waste carries pathogens, including E. coli, and also provides nutrition on which bacteria can thrive.

“As such, residents are reminded that washing their refuse bins in areas where the wash water is discharged into the stormwater network constitutes a contravention of the City’s water bylaw,” he says.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of August

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