Sewage spill threat­ens river

Talk of the Town - - News - LOUISE KNOWLES

CABLE theft from a gen­er­a­tor room in Wharf Street caused a stink when raw sewage seeped out of two man­hole cov­ers in Van der Riet Street on Tues­day.

“Please be ad­vised that a cable theft oc­curred at our gen­er­a­tor room in Wharf Street,” Anelisa Klaas from Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s depart­ment of in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment said in a com­mu­nique on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Klaas, “a 5m-long cable has been stolen and that is why our sewer pump sta­tions [Wharf Street] are not func­tion­ing and caus­ing sewer lines to over­flow”.

While the pump was not work­ing, the sewage may have been flow­ing di­rectly into the Kowie River, as has hap­pened in pre­vi­ous spills.

“Our elec­tri­cian is busy re­con­nect­ing the ca­bles and sewer trucks from Ken­ton and Bathurst have been called to as­sist with suck­ing up the over­flow­ing pump sta­tions to avoid river con­tam­i­na­tion,” said Klaas.

Ward 10 coun­cil­lor Ray Schenk, who for­warded the com­mu­nique from Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to Talk of the Town, warned res­i­dents “it is likely to be go­ing on for a lit­tle while”.

Res­i­dent and lo­cal busi­ness­man Al­lan Sheri­dan, who owns The Court­yard, re­ported the sewage spill which is di­rectly in front of Athina’s De­lights deli.

“They said they are work­ing on the pump sta­tion at Wharf Street. When­ever they work on the pump sta­tion – which leads up to the sew­er­age farm – it backs up fur­ther down the line and over­flows,” he said.

Sheri­dan said he has pumps which are work­ing dou­ble time to keep the sewage from back­ing up on his prop­erty.

Pic­ture: LOUISE KNOWLES

TRAV­ESTY FOR TOURISM: Raw sewage seeps from man­hole cov­ers on Van der Riet Street on Tues­day

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