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City condemns vandalism of water and sanitation pump stations<ul><li>​Currently 25 sewage pump stations have been vandalised or impacted by theft and a full cost analysis will be conducted. However, it is estimated that these operating costs, including repairs and hiring of mobile equipment to minimise sewer overflows, could cost approximately R30 million.</li><li>The worst case recently was the vandalism of the Site B pump station. The damage was so severe that it is not operating at all. It is estimated to cost R6 million to reconstruct the pump station and for other related costs such as the hiring of mobile equipment. Watch the video here <a href="https://youtu.be/tXQ5y4UVBq4">https://youtu.be/tXQ5y4UVBq4</a>​ to see what’s left of the Site B pump station. Read more below:</li></ul><p>Sewage pump stations are an important part of the sewer network. The majority of the system works on gravity, but in cases where the sewage must flow uphill, pump stations maintain the flow to wastewater treatment plants.</p><p>Currently, 25 City sewage pump stations have been affected by theft and vandalism. 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.</p><p>Most recently the sewage pump station in Site B, which services about 8 000 households in Site C and a part of Site B in Khayelitsha, was vandalised and is unfortunately not able to function resulting in major overflows and blockages in the network. However, as a contingency measure, mobile pumps have been provided to assist with minimising the overflows.</p><p>All operating equipment was stolen, the standby power supply generator badly damaged, and parts  were stolen. The building was also damaged, as well as the fence, which  needs to be replaced. The Eskom power supply cable was also stolen.</p><p>Given the severity of the vandalism at Site B, the City will need to reconstruct this pump station. The cost of the repairs for this facility are still being calculated, however, an estimate is that it will cost R6 million. </p><p>Some of the sewage pump stations that have been affected are Heinz Park, Philippi West, Wallacedene, Crammix in Brackenfell, Tambo Street in Gugulethu, Crossroads, Area L in Mitchells Plain and Paarden Eiland, among others.   </p><p>Incidents vary from theft of power cables, fencing, gates or doors, to electrical and, or mechanical equipment being damaged or stolen. Illegal electricity connections to a pump station’s power supply also plays a big role in disrupting its operation.</p><p> A full cost analysis will have to be conducted as most of the stations were recently vandalised.</p><p> Call to action</p><p>‘The City condemns these actions of theft and vandalism in the strongest terms. We cannot tolerate the actions of opportunistic criminals whose selfish and destructive acts directly impact service delivery to residents.</p><p>‘In some cases, security guards on site or fencing doesn’t even deter vandals as they either break the fence or steal it. The City does not have a limitless budget and damage caused by vandalism is a big drain on our resources.</p><p>‘The City’s Water and Sanitation team is working continuously to ensure that pump stations operate at the highest capacity possible. In addition, the operational teams monitor the areas and are continuing to clear sewer blockages, which cause overflows, and will continue to do so in efforts to minimize the impact on residents.</p><p>‘Furthermore, the City will continue to investigate and implement contingency measures wherever possible, while prioritising the safety of our staff, who have been increasingly targeted by opportunistic criminals during the course of their work.</p><p>‘The City urges anyone who has any information regarding the vandalism incidents to please report it to the SAPS as soon as possible, so they can investigate. We need the community to be our eyes and ears as we cannot afford to see service delivery to vulnerable communities hijacked by a few opportunistic criminals,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.</p><p>Tampering, theft and vandalism of essential electricity infrastructure, is seen as a priority crime due to the extremely negative impact on the rights of communities, and as per Section 2 of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act (Act 18 0f 2015), imprisonment not exceeding 30 years and fines not exceeding R100 million are possible, when found guilty.</p><p> Report vandalism and log service requests</p><p> To report vandalism in progress, call:</p><ul><li> 107 from a landline</li><li>021 480 7700 from a cellphone</li><li> the local SAPS.</li></ul><p>Report vandalism damages, sewer blockages, missing drain covers, burst pipes, leaks and water wastage using one of the following channels (Please provide the street address, and get a reference number):</p><ul><li> Online <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/servicerequests">www.capetown.gov.za/servicerequests</a></li><li>Email <a href="mailto:water@capetown.gov.za">water@capetown.gov.za</a></li><li>  SMS 31373 (maximum 160 characters. Standard rates apply)</li><li> Call 0860 103 089</li><li>Visit a City walk-in centre (see <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/facilities">www.capetown.gov.za/facilities</a> to find the one closest to you)</li><li>Residents can help prevent sewer blockages and overflows</li></ul><p> Generally (avoidable) blockages remain the primary cause of sewer overflows:</p><ul><li> Residents are reminded they can help prevent such sewer blockages and overflows by disposing of unwanted materials using the appropriate solid waste collections services. </li><li> Only human waste, toilet paper and grey water should be disposed via sinks and toilets in their homes and communities. It is illegal for residents to place any another materials into the system because it causes overflows due to blockages. </li><li> If residents have any recyclables, electronics, garage waste and builder’s rubble that they need to dispose of, please make use of the City's drop-off facilities.</li></ul><p>More information is available here: <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Media-and-news/City%27s%20water%20and%20sanitation%20teams%20clear%20122%20000%20sewer%20blockages">https://www.capetown.gov.za/Media-and-news/City's%20water%20and%20sanitation%20teams%20clear%20122%20000%20sewer%20blockages</a> </p><p>  </p>2021-04-04T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#fc0a19bf-6a9b-42af-bc90-8a0d4b9f4eac;L0|#0fc0a19bf-6a9b-42af-bc90-8a0d4b9f4eac|vandalism;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0c4188de-8fd0-4c65-ad50-f8de6fb0dd9c;L0|#00c4188de-8fd0-4c65-ad50-f8de6fb0dd9c|repairs and maintenance10

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