Aimee Kuhl responds

2019-08-27 06:00

Ward 62 councillor Aimee Kuhl reponds: Zandvlei is under increasing pressure from the surrounding area. Illegal dumping into canals that feed into the estuary and increased residential developments with affiliated infrastructure demands are but two examples.

To ensure we protect this estuary, which is of value to many citizens, a multidisciplinary team across departments has been created. This team, consisting of high-level management for reticulation, wastewater management and environmental conservation, met with Mayco member Xanthea Limberg and myself at the beginning of the month. At this meeting both preventative and reactive measures to deal with the challenges were discussed. A contract for a multi-million upgrade of a pump station and sewage main to the north of the vlei has been signed. The failing of this pump station was a major contributor to the recurring overflow of sewage into the estuary.

In addition to this, an education campaign around illegal dumping of liquids and waste into the canals will commence, while the department of environmental management is exploring the establishment of catchment tanks to be able to redirect sewage in the case of a spill. The department has also consistently applied innovative measures such as enzymes to help break down foreign nutrients for incident management and recently had a drone taking images to find the origins of a spill in the Marina. I can confidently say that the City is doing everything in its power to keep this natural asset healthy. Being located in a densely populated urban space, it will take a joint effort between citizens and government to protect.

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