Durban – The eThekwini municipality urged residents on Wednesday to avoid contact with water in the Palmiet and Umgeni rivers because it had been contaminated by sewage. Municipal spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said the contamination had occurred while repairs were being done."There was a blockage in the drainage line of Blair Road Sewage Pump Station in Pinetown, causing flooding in the pump station which resulted in effluent being discharged into the Palmiet River."A back-up pump at the Blair Road Sewage Pump Station was immediately turned on, resulting in no further effluent being discharged," she saidMthethwa said members of the public who use the rivers for recreational purposes should make sure they didn't come into contact with the water.She said the matter was being attended to by the relevant department."The four pumps, which were flooded at the station, are undergoing repairs and are expected to be operational tomorrow, Thursday. Currently two back-up pumps are operational at the station."She said residents should report any sewage problems immediately on 0801313013.