Lowlift pump gets an upgrade

2019-09-17 06:01
The Seawinds lowlift sewage pump gets a R85 million upgrade. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

The Seawinds lowlift sewage pump gets a R85 million upgrade. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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The prayers of the residents from Seawinds and Retreat have been answered, with the City of Cape Town having commenced upgrade work on the foul-smelling lowlift sewage pump.

The upgrade will cost the City’s water and sanitation department R85 million, and is scheduled to be completed within the next 15 months.

Residents say the pump has continually presented them with issues which include the smell; the open land sitting with gutter water, which has now been fenced off since construction began; and the infestation of mosquitoes and flies during the hot summer months (“Residents fed up with smell”, People’s Post, 30 July).

Mayco member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg said in a statement: “The construction of the new pump station will drastically improve operations in the Retreat and surrounding areas.”

The upgrade of the facility will include the construction of a new concrete structure above and below the ground, including all mechanical and electrical components.

Once the new station is up and running, the old one will be demolished as it has reached its lifespan.

The statement noted structural changes that will take place in the area. “During the course of the construction the contractor will be required to do temporary additional pumping to accommodate the existing sewage flows. The construction includes the rehabilitation of a 1.2km in length sewer line, which is situated in St Peter and St Patrick roads in Seawinds.”

Zerilda Park Primary School’s principal, Lorna Engeldoe previously expressed her frustration at the smell and the sound that comes from the pump. Regarding the new construction she noted that contractors have taken her learners’ test timetable into consideration; bringing construction to a temporary halt during big test days.

“I have been writing to the council almost every month for 30 years, and finally something is being done.”

She adds that the once open land presented safety issues for the community at large, with numerous people falling victim to theft there; and she is relieved it has been fenced off. Dealing with the problem of the smell, Limberg has also confirmed that the new installation will have an odour control system that will eliminate all smells.

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