Primindia in Brits is literally being flooded with sewage.
For the past two weeks a dam of sewage is blocking the entrance at the swimming pool, tennis courts and a river of sewage is flowing through the streets, damming up in residents’ properties and down into the Crocodile River.
Outraged community members said this week that the situation has become a serious health hazard as school pupils have to walk through the mess every day.
“It does not help at all contacting the municipality. We are being ignored and have been experiencing this problem periodically for years,” a resident said.
“We feel despondent. We cannot keep on living like this. Something has to be done, and soon.”
“The pump station at the tennis court is not working and the pump at the Platinum Mall is not strong enough to handle all the sewage,” ward councillor Eddie Barlow said this week.
Barlow has been trying to get the municipality to address this problem for years.
“I have repeatedly reported the matter to the technical services department, even the provincial and national government. and have once again reported the current sewage spill to the municipal manager. These pumps have to be replaced urgently,” he said.
In response to the Kormorant’s enquiry, municipal spokesperson Kealeboga Tlaila said the municipality takes note of the sewage spills. “The infrastructure is aged (old) and funds have already been secured for refurbishment of all pumpstations within Brits.
The matter is receiving urgent attention and processes are in place to procure a contractor for the refurbishment.”
She said a contractor has already been appointed for the refurbishment of Canal-, Prinsloo-, Damara- and Aletta pumpstations. A site handover was done on the 17 July 2012.
The stations at Primindia, Karel, Hajee, Tennis court, Jacaranda, Alpeen and Roos will be on the top of the list for phase two refurbishment.
“We have been flooded with empty promises for the past four years. The municipality does not seem to know the difference between fiction and facts,”
Barlow said in response to the recent statement.