The cost of repairing the Wallacedene sewage pumping station, which was damaged when it was allegedly set on fire by arsonists on Saturday, could run into hundreds of thousands of rand, the City of Cape Town said.
Preliminary Investigations at the plant, which has a crucial function in transporting sewage from households and businesses to sewage treatment plants, revealed that both the electrical and mechanical equipment needed to operate the pumping station was completely destroyed. This means it cannot be operational.
The City of Cape Town Water and Sanitation Team has asked anyone with information regarding this incident to urgently report it so that it can investigate and identify those responsible be held accountable.
A reward of up to R5,000 will be offered to anyone who reports an incident or provides information relating to theft and vandalism of water and sanitation infrastructure, leading to a successful arrest or recovery stolen infrastructure.
“This act of vandalism has resulted in sewer overflows and flooding at the pumping station and associated sewer system throughout Wallacedene,” it said in a statement.
“This will also affects the surrounding communities and the receiving natural environment.
If the winter rains are on the horizon and the pumping station is not working, rainwater will dilute the wastewater and pour onto the streets flow, leading to potential health problems.
< p>“In addition, raw sewage entering the environment will affect the water quality in the system, rendering it unusable for downstream water users such as farmers.” This includes the runoff diverted from the damaged pumping station to other parts of the sewer network if possible.
“The use of sewage tankers and overpumping procedures are currently not logistically possible.
“‘The extent The infrastructure destruction caused by this criminal incident will put this very critical pumping station out of action for some time, which will also have a negative impact on the surrounding areas in the same period,” said Zahid Badroodien, Mayor’s Committee on Water and Sanitation.
“Ultimately, it is the public’s fees and tariffs that are paid to repair and replace damaged infrastructure – Money that could be used to upgrade the pipe replacement program or do other proactive maintenance.”
All incidents can be reported to the city’s public emergency number: dial 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a mobile .
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