SECUNDA – Members of the Secunda Waterval Forum met on Thursday, 23 August to discuss their concerns over water pollution in the area.
Representatives from Sasol, Govan Mbeki Municipality, the mines and the Department of Water and Sanitation attended the meeting.
Sewage pump stations that are being vandalised is a big problem in the Govan Mbeki municipal area and sewage flowing into rivers in the area is another big concern and cause environmental issues.
Ms Mariaan Chamberlain, DA councillor, said there are many pump stations in the area that are non-operational and a pump station in Echo Street has been broken for many years.
“The sewage at this pump staion is currently overflowing and the sewage is flowing into residents’ houses,” said Ms Chamberlain.
She said some residents got diarrhoea because of the sewage water.
Ms Chamberlain said the community is not happy with the current sewage situation and that it has not been this bad in the past 37 years that she has been living in Secunda.
“The pump stations are not being maintained, two foetuses were found in pump stations recently and two pigs at other ones.”
Ms Aranda Buitendag-Nel, Vryheidsfront Plus councillor, said there is a big problem with sewage in Kinross as well and the reservoir is not working at all.
“Sewage streams into people’s yards and never stops and nothing is being done about it,” said Ms Buitendag-Nel.
Ms Chamberlain said the municipality cannot depend on Sasol all the time to fix these problems.
“Money was set aside for maintenance, but it is not being used for this.”
Municipal workers finally tended to the pump station in Echo Street on Tuesday, 28 August after Ms Chamberlain raised the issue numerous times at portfolio meetings at the municipality.