How many spills have we had in the vlei this year?

2019-08-27 06:00

Residents of Marina Da Gama have received yet another alert regarding a sewage spill into the vlei.

I have the impression that this must be the fifth or sixth sewage spill since the beginning of May.

I might be losing count and the figure could have mounted still further.

For clarification how many spills have we had this year?

I have not heard why this has been happening so frequently.

Oscar Wilde flippantly once said that it was unfortunate to lose one parent, but to lose two seemed like careless.

So there are questions that needs to be addressed to the people on the Vlei:

. Why has this been repeatedly happening,

. Has there been carelessness involved?

. Is this a reticulation problem?

. Is it that maintenance has not been regularly performed?

Whatever the reason, something that has been happening so frequently and has been allowed to happen, it must now stop.

The number of times I have looked into our section of the canal and seen the green clumps and immediately identified the thick mat floating in front of us.

It has now happened so often that we recognise this at a glance.

As a result, the major question arises: Are we in the process of turning the vlei and our canals into a cesspool?

If there is a possibility of this happening I cannot believe that we (and the people who use the vlei) will accept this with equanimity.

It cannot be that this is as a result of our recent good rainfall as this used to be a regular winter occurrence.

Or have the droughts in the past few been the cause of complacency?

We cannot repeatedly say to people: “You use the vlei for outdoor activities at your own risk.”

The council cannot proclaim that this is an area available for outdoor activities with one breath, and then tell us that the very waters that make up the amenity are unsafe for the people of Cape Town to use.

I request that our ward councillor investigate this matter and report back to us as soon as possible.

We cannot be fobbed off with platitudes any longer. Our health and our livelihoods are at risk.

Ross Devenish Email

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