Eastwood residents raise a stink over burst sewer pipe, dump site

2015-09-10 09:15
Eastwood resident Patricia Cole stands near the sewage-infested lane and dump site in Malva Place in Eastwood.

Eastwood resident Patricia Cole stands near the sewage-infested lane and dump site in Malva Place in Eastwood. (Ian Carbutt)

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HUMAN faeces, toilet paper and dirty water from a burst sewer pipe in Eastwood have forced residents indoors after the mess was allegedly left flowing for three weeks.

Residents said in addition to this, a municipal dump site next to residential houses is also proving troublesome.

Residents in Malva Place and Wilgerboom Close in Eastwood said they are fed up with the “terrible” service delivery from Msunduzi Municipality.

“We live in a stinking, dirty area thanks to the municipality who has not assisted us at all. The children have become sick and now we are forced to stay indoors with the windows closed because of the horrible stink,” said a resident living in Malva Place, who did not want to named.

The resident said her nine-year-old grand-daughter had suffered continuous asthma attacks since the sewer burst three weeks ago.

“We as adults also suffer with severe illnesses now because of the state of the area and the nearby dump site,” said the resident.

Another resident, Patricia Cole, said the area has deteriorated drastically since the municipality established a dump site next to homes in Malva Place and Wilgerboom Close.

“Surely the residents’ permission should have been sought before the municipality built the dump? We have been fighting to have it removed for years but we have received no joy,” said Cole.

She said the dump site, combined with the constantly burst sewer pipe, has left the area infested with rats and flies.

Cole said the dump site holds “awful memories” for her as six years ago her husband, Joey was found murdered and dumped at the site.

“We never thought to look for my husband in there. Now this place has brought thieves and criminals who steal from our homes and use the dump to hide the goods,” she said.

Cole, who has lived in the area for 38 years, said the sewer has burst numerous times but “no long-term solution” was found. She said the residents are particularly worried about summer approaching which will aggravate the “stink and unhygienic surroundings”.

“At times I don’t even feel like eating because of the terrible smell. We have been complaining about the dump site and sewer problems for years but the people [municipal officials] just come to look at the problem and leave,” added Cole.

Msunduzi Municipality acting spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said “according to municipal records” the problem of the burst sewer was only reported on Sunday and municipal workers attended the area and cleared the mainline blockage.

“It was, however, discovered that the manhole cover had been stolen and people were illegally dumping into the sewer system,” said Madonda.

The municipality did not respond to questions regarding the dump site in the residential area and the effects thereof

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