Bakoven Beach sewage spill blamed on loadshedding

Small sewage spills that may occur during load shedding is an abnormal, temporary situation on Cape beaches
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The City of Cape Town has announced that a small release of sewage from the pump station was released close to Bakoven Beach due to loadshedding.

Mayco member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien said:

“The incident occurred during the load shedding period and was resolved very quickly. Small sewage spills that may occur during load shedding is an abnormal, temporary situation and the inference should not be made that the beaches affected are not suited for recreational purposes on a long-term basis. With wave dispersion, the risk is rapidly mitigated.”

Badroodien said citizens should note that during loadshedding some sewage spills may occur and if they do take place signs will be erected to that effect cautioning the public. The signs may be removed after the risk has passed.

The City’s Manager in its Coastal Management Gregg Oelofse, said:

“Due to loadshedding the City experienced a sewage pump failure at Bakoven Beach on 11 December 2019. The failure resulted in the minor discharge of sewage into the receiving environment directly adjacent to the pump station.”

Oelofse said the city swiftly responded and rectified the situation as is the protocol that is in place to deal with such situations.

He said the City collected samples for water testing and removed the temporary signage that they had erected.

Oelofse said the City can confirm that the results show that the water quality is within the acceptable Guidelines for Recreational Use as is stated by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

More: Cape Argus

 

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