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City perseveres in fight against recurring sewer blockages in Khayelitsha<p>​</p><span><p style="text-align:justify;">The City's tireless efforts to clear a recurring and stubborn blockage on the 600mm sewer main line in Welcome Zenzile, Khayelitsha, have proven successful as the sewer line started flowing properly again on 24 January 2024. The Water and Sanitation Directorate's operational teams are now working through the interconnected sewer lines which drain into the 600mm diameter main line, to clear all remaining blockages.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>'Rags, stones, building rubble and foreign objects dumped into the sewer caused the blockage on the main line, after a manhole located upstream was deliberately vandalised to create illegal connections<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/IMG-20240115-WA0007.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure></span><span><p style="text-align:justify;">'Furthermore, residential structures built on top of the sewage line make unblocking interventions even more difficult, as manholes leading to the sewer system become inaccessible. As teams clear out sections of the pipeline, we've noticed a recurring theme: large volumes of building rubble and other foreign items being removed from the sewer network. These items being dumped into the sewer system are the root cause of the current overspills affecting multiple areas in Khayelitsha,' said Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Various technical interventions have been in place since last year, with operational staff deploying specialised vehicles on site and over-pumping to bypass the blockage and provide relief to residents. Unfortunately due to ongoing safety risks there are additional delays factored in when Law Enforcement needs to be secured to safeguard working teams. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/wz2.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><span><p style="text-align:justify;">Despite the challenging terrain, Water and Sanitation has made significant headway, often using laborious mechanical methods to dislodge stubborn objects stuck in the network. To date, the total cost incurred to clear the sewer blockage since it was first identified in September 2023 is approximately R8 128 317,70. This includes the cost of jetting, over pumping, bucket machine cleaning and establishing an access road.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>'We acknowledge the impact that these overflows have on our communities, especially when blockages are severe and stubborn. It is however important to recognise that often human activity causes these blockages, to which teams have to respond. When illegal connections are made, manholes filled in or covered, it results in negative consequences which impact the quality of life as well as the health of the greater community. </p><p> </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/wz3.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p style="text-align:justify;">'The City is attending to the matter with urgency in order to reduce the negative impact on the community. Every effort is being made to unblock the entire pipeline swiftly and to have all blockages cleared by the end February 2024. We appeal to the community to work with us to protect the pipeline by keeping it clear and accessible,' continued Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p> </p><p>Community members are encouraged to take ownership of the infrastructure in the community and to report any suspicious activity by calling 021 480 7700. </p><p> </p><p>'Residents can report any information, even anonymously, about objects being dumped in the sewer system. Cash rewards of up to R5 000 are available for information leading to the arrest of people who continue to vandalise public infrastructure. It is the public's rates and tariffs that pay for the repair and replacement of infrastructure that is vandalised and so we want to encourage residents to be vigilant and to protect this infrastructure,' said Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p><strong>End </strong></p><p><br></p>2024-01-30T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#599a1a1e-bc1c-4708-93a9-759954e2bb65;L0|#0599a1a1e-bc1c-4708-93a9-759954e2bb65|Khayalitsha Wetlands Park;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#901be607-40bd-4c36-a213-4d7c37c0199b;L0|#0901be607-40bd-4c36-a213-4d7c37c0199b|Sewer blockage10

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