Judy Bell has compiled this article after receiving the latest Report from Umgeni Water:
Have a look at the latest compliance results for Howick WWTW – really poor! This has to be related to all the extra sewage being received before the Works has been upgraded properly. Too much development and too little consideration of the consequences…
|Test Site||Site Code||Sample Date||Lab test Date||E. coli|
|Upstream of York Rd pump station||UR8||11-Apr||131|
|Downstream WWTW outlet – Fish jump Falls||S1||09-Apr||10-Apr||476|
|Upstream of York Rd pump station||UR8||05-Apr||05-Apr||12|
One aerator is missing? Pardon? It should have been replaced by the next day!
The impact on Albert Falls is noticeable and apparently there are on-going efforts to improve Howick WWTW and sewer reticulation issues? However, there is no need to take action as there is no direct use. The quality of the water below the dam is not considered for the river health or the downstream users.
Isn’t it amazing that the following is noticed at Darvill:
But in the Trade Effluent section, no notifications were issued, as all effluent is discharged to sewer to Darvill, where it is “suitably treated”. But Darvill has problems with aluminium, storm dam overflowing and contaminating the outgoing effluent – not disinfected properly; ammonia problems remain and pre-thickener issues! So what is suitable?
I wonder how people downstream without access to potable water will survive! It also takes 10 km for the river to assimilate the pollution WITHOUT any further inputs. This is not possible at this rate.
We have to find a better way to deal with our wastes than to use water to transfer them to a poorly functioning WWTW for treatment, if it does not leak along the way. This is a societal issue that needs to be managed in an holistic manner, not in compartments as at present.
Penny Rees adds: “Don’t forget the bridge pump station is supposed to be upgraded as part of the WWTW upgrade – and still we wait while Amber Ridge, Amber Lee and other developments continue to be built – all their sewage will go through Bridge pump station en route to the WWTW!”
Doug Burden, Manager of DUCT comments: “We have been warning Umgeni Water and uMngeni Municipality about this happening for ages. we simply cannot have more development without appropriate upgrade in infruastructure. I don’t even want to think what the situation be if the planned Khayalisha development takes place and the system has to cope with all thatserage too?”
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