Pretoria sewage leak fixed after 5 days

2016-03-23 20:06
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Pretoria – Five days after sewage began flowing into the Eastford Park Bird sanctuary from a damaged pipe, the city of Tshwane has repaired it.

A temporary retaining wall at the end of the Menlo Park stormwater canal collapsed due to the heavy rains last week, ripping open a sewerage pipe, DA spokesperson for spatial planning, councillor Siobhan Muller, said on Wednesday.

Muller said sewage had been pouring into the exit of the canal and directly into the Eastford Park Bird Sanctuary for five days.

City of Tshwane spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the complaint came to their attention on Monday afternoon. When a team of workers arrived there that night, they could not find the leak in the dark.

The team visited the site again on Wednesday morning and was able to find and repair the broken pipe. The only work remaining was to cover the pipes.

Muller said the upgrade of the stormwater canal started in 2010 and had been dogged by tender problems, funding being withdrawn and bad weather.

The canal opens into the sanctuary and becomes the Hartebeesspruit, flowing through the sports grounds of the University of Pretoria, and into the Colbyn Wetland Nature Reserve. It passes through the Colbyn peat land and continues north through informal settlements.

Muller said the sewage spill could pollute the Colbyn wetland and the Hartebeesspruit.

She said emergency funding was obtained to secure the retaining walls. However, due to the heavy rains and delays in the completion of the permanent retaining walls, the temporary retaining wall collapsed.

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