Dumping ‘leads to flooding’

2018-07-24 06:00
Alma Road subwayPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Alma Road subwayPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The City of Cape Town blames illegal dumping for the recent clogging of storm drains at Rosebank subways.

This follows recent complaints from residents about the flooding of the Liesbeek and Alma subways in the area.

According to reports, these subways have been affected by floods following rains this year.

Mayco member for informal settlements, water, waste services and energy, Xanthea Limberg, says the City has addressed the flooding concerns.

She says the City monitors the subways and stations on a regular basis.

“Unfortunately it is often the case that, following a heavy downpour, leaves and other debris block up the subway pump. In this instance, City staff found a T-shirt stuck inside the pump at the Liesbeek subway, which is an example of inappropriate materials that have been dumped or discarded, and which ultimately end up in the City’s sewer system, leading to blockages.

“It should be noted that with ongoing illegal dumping into the sewer system, which occurs throughout the city, combined with the heavy rains that we have received over the past few weeks, the City has received high volumes of reports of sewer blockages and this has caused delays,” Limberg says.

She assures residents that City officials are doing all they can to attend to all service requests reported to the call centre.

Limberg also advises residents to report illegal dumping or log their service requests to the City’s all-hours call centre.

Meanwhile, Nina Farrell, the manager of Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID), says that GSCID is aware of the subways routinely beginning to flood during the winter season.

She says they have put preventative measures in place to avoid such occurrences.V Continued on page 4.

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