The City of Cape Town (CoCT) has condemned the vandalism of water and sewage pump stations, which are key components of the water and sanitation network.
Currently 25 sewage pump stations have been vandalized or impacted by theft.
“These pump stations are either not working, or are having to run on borrowed or mobile pumps. The majority of these incidents took place in December 2020.”- CoCT.
It is estimated that operating costs, including repairs and hiring of mobile equipment to miminise sewer overflows, could cost approximately R30 million.
The worst case recently reported was the vandalism of the Site B pump station.
The damage was so severe that the station is not operating at all.
The City said it is estimated to cost R6 million to reconstruct the pump station and for other related costs such as the hiring of mobile equipment.