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Week old sewage spill causes stink for Table View residents

A city official has said people blocking sewers with inappropriate objects and "land invasions" in areas without facilities might have contributed to it.

A sewage spill that happened on 3 October due to a faulty sewage pump is causing a stink for Table View residents.

Table View Residents and Ratepayers’ Association chairperson Mandy De La Matta said the municipality was not keeping up with utility infrastructure and maintenance required for the extremely fast development happening in the area.

“Our water safety is being obliterated,” she told News24.

However, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste Xanthea Limberg said the spill was due to a fault at the Table View East sewage pump station.

Limberg added that people blocking sewers with inappropriate objects and “land invasions” in areas without facilities might have contributed to it.

De La Matta expressed concern over the possible contamination of the Diep River, which winds its way through the suburb.

She claimed the City was not investing in more infrastructure to cope with the increased pressure on utilities and services.

De La Matta said that before the spill, a highly publicised protest over taxi permits in the area also illustrated the fast pace of development, adding the City was struggling to keep up.

She also questioned whether inspectors were adequately policing people who were building without plans, or landlords who were allowing overcrowding in rented rooms.

Limberg said mobile diesel pumps were currently being used while the damaged pump was being repaired.

The spill has apparently not flowed into the Diep River or Rietvlei, which is next to the R27 on the way to suburbs such as Dolphin Beach and Bloubergstrand.

More: News24

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