Stop dumping in the drains

2019-05-07 06:00

Mayco member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg is responding to reports which claimed that the City was failing to a provide proper solution for the leaking drain between Oribi and Sixth Avenue in Lotus River (“Worry over leaking drain”, People’s Post, 30 April).

Residents have reported that the problem has been ongoing for a long time and no proper solution has been provided except for a contractor that allegedly used a gutter to deviate the leaking sewage.

They said this is a health hazard to young and old in the community and it is upsetting how the City handled the matter, providing temporary solutions.

Limberg says the waste issue occurs from time to time in the area and the community demand that the area is cleaned as soon as possible.She further says a vast majority of the blockages in the area are caused by the misuse of the council’s sewer system. Items dumped are foreign objects like cutlery, rags and waste among other things.

Limberg says residents and businesses in the area should remember that in terms of the Wastewater and Industrial Effluent bylaw, no person may discharge substances into a municipal sewer that would interfere with the free flow of sewage.

Only toilet paper, human waste, and greywater should enter the system.

Limberg says it is important that residents take care of the sewerage system.“As long as dumping into the sewer continues, blockages will continue to occur. The City works to maintain its infrastructure and will continue to do so, but we need residents to work with us to keep the systems functional.”

Explaining the said temporal solution, she says the work entails bypassing the area by over-pumping to another sewer main.

“This is done in order to provide relief to other residents upstream of the collapse. This procedure is only conducted when a pipe collapses or if there are very stubborn blockages.”

Limberg confirms that an improvement to the system is in the planning stage and should be initiated soon and that the current drainage system is adequate to meet the demands and operate normally most of the time.

According to Limberg, the system is designed to accommodate the needs of all residents in the area. “ It will only work effectively if residents do not misuse it,”she says.V To report leaks and related issues contact the City at: water@capetown.gov.za for water-related queries, SMS to 31373 (maximum 160 characters), logging a service request. The phone centre can also be called on 0860 103 089. Alternatively send a WhatsApp message to 063 407 3699 or by visiting a walk-in centre.

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