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Collective efforts required to reduce sewer overflows in Khayelitsha <p>​Did you know?</p><p>The City’s Water and Sanitation team clears and cleans over 300 sewer blockages and overflows a day in areas across Cape Town, including Khayelitsha.<br>• Approximately 75% of these cases city-wide are the result of the misuse of the sewer system where objects such as rags, feminine hygiene products, builders rubble, litter, fats and oils are dumped into manholes or enter via sinks or flushed down toilets. </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:864px;" /> </figure></span><p><br>Collective efforts between the City’s Water and Sanitation Department and residents is the long-term solution to address sewer overflows in Site B and Site C in Khayelitsha.</p><p>‘While the City is making every effort to maintain infrastructure, create capacity for population growth, and clear blockages and overflows, residents must assist by only disposing of appropriate items via sinks and toilets, as well as reporting those responsible for vandalism of City infrastructure and attacks on staff. Staff have increasingly become targets of opportunistic criminals. </p><p><span> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> ​​</span></p><p>‘Upgrading of the sewer infrastructure in Site B and Site C Khayelitsha over the next two financial years is aimed at providing additional capacity within the sewer network for Site C residents who have been given subsidies to formalise and expand their properties,’ said the City’s Executive Mayor Alderman Dan Plato. </p><p>The planned upgrades include:<br>• Upsizing and diverting of sewer mains in Solomon Tshuku<br>• Upsizing of sewer mains in Njongo Avenue, Idada Avenue, as well as Sulani and Nyathi Roads<br>• Repair and upgrade of Site B sewer pump station <br>• Pipe cracking of sewer mains in Mnqcunube Street, an unobtrusive construction method of upsizing a pipeline with no excavation required<br>• Complete and perform remedial work at the N2, Site C site. (Water and sewer pipelines have already been installed. Communal ablutions facilities still to be installed).</p><p>Current situation:</p><p>Since January this year, approximately 1 508 sewer blockages and overflows have been cleared in the Khayelitsha area. </p><p>Currently the cases in Site C and Site B are resulting from the combined impact of the misuse of the sewer system and the severely vandalised Site B pump station.</p><p>• The Site B pump station, which services about 8 000 households in Site C and a part of Site B in Khayelitsha, is unfortunately not able to function resulting in major overflows and blockages in the network. See <a href=""></a> and video: <a href=""></a>  </p><p>• Teams are clearing sewer blockages and overflows, accompanied by Law Enforcement. Work on Thursday, 6 May 2021 was postponed due to protest action in the area, but new arrangements were made, based on Law Enforcement’s availability. The teams have to be escorted into the area by Law Enforcement as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our staff and City vehicles, who have been targeted by opportunists when attending to service requests. The operational teams are communicating with Ward Councillors about the unblocking scheduled in Site C. </p><p>Residents are assured that the City remains committed to delivering services to them, and the teams will attend to their service requests as soon as it is possible to do so in safety.</p><p>Sewage pump stations are an important component 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. In this area, the sewer system gravity flows from Site C and B households to the Site B pump station and further gets pumped to the nearest wastewater treatment plant.</p><p>Ongoing efforts</p><p>Efforts to reconstruct the Site B pump station, estimated to be about R6 million, are under way to ensure the facility is operational again as soon as possible, while following due processes.</p><p>In the meantime, the following actions continue to take place to minimise the impact on residents in Site C and Site B:<br>• As a contingency measure, mobile pumps have been provided to assist with minimising the overflows.<br>• Proactive cleaning of sewer lines is done in this area due to high levels of blockages, however, there are very high levels of dumping of objects and refuse in the sewer system. <br>• Cleaning of main sewer pipelines in response to service requests that are logged.<br>• Replacing reported damaged and stolen manholes covers.<br> <br>‘Collective efforts between the City and the community are key to addressing the chronic problem of sewer blockages and overflows to ensure a safe, healthy environment for residents. </p><p>‘The City’s Water and Sanitation team is working continuously to ensure that pump stations across the city 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 minimise 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>‘At the same time, residents can help prevent sewer blockages by only disposing of human waste, toilet paper and grey water via sinks and toilets in their homes and communities. Any other materials, such as rags, oils and rubble into the system, will cause overflows due to blockages and damage infrastructure.</p><p>‘Residents are also encouraged to report information about vandalism of City infrastructure to SAPS so they can investigate. We need the law abiding majority to be our eyes and ears as we push ahead with service delivery. It cannot be accepted that efforts to benefit the broader community are hijacked by a few opportunistic criminals.</p><p>‘Let’s continue to work together to protect City infrastructure and the health of our communities,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.</p><p>Residents can help prevent sewer blockages and overflows<br> <br>Generally (avoidable) blockages remain the primary cause of sewer overflows:<br> <br>•     Residents are reminded they can help prevent such sewer blockages and overflows by disposing of unwanted materials using the appropriate solid waste collections services. <br>•     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. <br>•     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.<br> <br>More information is available here: <a href=""></a> <br> <br>Report vandalism and log service requests</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.<br>To report vandalism in progress, call:<br>•      107 from a landline<br>•      021 480 7700 from a cellphone<br>•      the local SAPS.<br> <br>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):<br> <br>•      Online <a href=""></a><br>•      Email <a href=""></a><br>•      SMS 31373 (maximum 160 characters. Standard rates apply)<br>•      Call 0860 103 089<br>•      Visit a City walk-in centre (see <a href=""></a> to find the one closest to you)</p>2021-05-11T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#243c2bb7-3ba2-4e91-87e4-65166571c0b8;L0|#0243c2bb7-3ba2-4e91-87e4-65166571c0b8|sewage;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#54023efe-5443-41f4-98c9-065296a7c3d7;L0|#054023efe-5443-41f4-98c9-065296a7c3d7|service delivery;GP0|#fc0a19bf-6a9b-42af-bc90-8a0d4b9f4eac;L0|#0fc0a19bf-6a9b-42af-bc90-8a0d4b9f4eac|vandalism10

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