Dec 9, 2021

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Treatment plants ‘dumping sewage into our rivers’, AfriForum study finds

Water pollution is a major problem as most of the rivers in South Africa are polluted on a daily basis, mainly from raw sewage flowing freely from manholes, canals and pumping stations.

According to an AfriForum survey.

The organization said it tested the sewage treatment plants of 142 cities from May to August 2021, with 122 not meeting the minimum quality standards. This was compared with 90 of 118 wastewater treatment plants that did not meet the requirements a year earlier, 2020.

According to the AfriForum report, the national wastewater results show a significant deterioration from 76% to 86% for 2021 – ” this is quite alarming and needs to be corrected. ”

According to the report, drinking water in four cities – Hartswater, Jan Kempdorp, Kimberley and Wolmaransstad – and 122 sewage systems did not meet national standards.

After AfriForum had informed the communities of these four cities, subsequent water tests showed that the water is again suitable for human consumption.

“So we have to actively intervene. An analysis of the results per state is even more worrying. Each province pollutes the environment more than last year.

“This is also a big problem, as these rivers in most cases supply cities with water as well as water for agricultural purposes.

” Any deterioration in drinking water quality can be life-threatening. This risk is exacerbated as South Africa is still recovering from a severe drought, with a shortage of water for human consumption given the high losses to the water network infrastructure.

“AfriForum is concerned about the management of the whole Water supply chain, but even more about the treatment of the purified wastewater from SA “, it says in the report.

discharge wastewater into our rivers,” said Lambert de Klerk, environmental manager at AfriForum.

< But the results of the 2021 survey showed that drinking water quality in South Africa has improved. De Klerk said that Gauteng, like most provinces, has improved the quality of its drinking water.

“I don’t think there is a community in Gauteng that did poorly in terms of drinking water quality. But the wastewater was prepared for the sewage treatment plants of Rooiwaal worries, ”he said.

Rooivaal, the largest water treatment plant in Tshwane, which processes 45% of all wastewater in the city, has been under fire from local residents for a year.

“The Vaal area remains a place of concern. Most of the wastewater does not go to wastewater treatment,” he said and the drinking water quality has not improved for over a month.

“If you go to the river near Flamingo Bay, you will see a massive sewage flow. Kuruman has a big problem. We have the community with us caught her blood wanted to suck into the system from a slaughterhouse.

“Overall, the Western Cape has the best wastewater management. There are still some cases of sewage getting into the system [but] not bad compared to the rest of the country, “he said.

He added,” In Mpumalanga, for drinking water , the problem was not the quality but the quantity. In Secunda, for example, the water pressure was reduced, which posed a problem for the city.

“If it is reduced, the reservoirs will not become full enough. The cities in the lower area get water quickly, while the higher ones In Bethal the water did not get to the smaller towns. Lydenburg is in such a bad condition that not a drop of water gets into the sewage treatment plant; the municipality does not repair the pumping stations that are overflowing with sewage. “

< p> The Pioneer Services Company, a subsidiary of AfriForum, also successfully managed two waterworks and a sewage treatment plant in the municipality of Kgetlengrivier for about three months until a court order won by the lobby group Kgetlengrivier Concerned Citizens.

Pioneer Services Company has been hired to manage the facility on behalf of the forum, and the preservation and protection of the future of water resources is in the hands of the local en communities and not just those of the parish.

“The biggest question, however, is whether communities that knowingly pollute the country’s water sources will be held accountable? The Ministry [of Water and Wastewater] now has to show its teeth and prosecute the polluters, ”said De Klerk.

TimesLIVE has asked the Water and Wastewater Office to have a say.

Im In July, the department committed to implementing the recently launched Blue Drop and Green Drop certification programs, which require excellent drinking water and wastewater quality management in the country.

“The Blue and Green Drop programs will be reintroduced in parallel, others Actions to strengthen the water quality monitoring system. These improvements will form a solid foundation for the establishment of an independent regulator for the water sector to ensure rational pricing and effective monitoring of service standards, ”said Deputy Director General Leonardo Manus, who is responsible for compliance, monitoring and assessment.

The ministry said it continues to monitor communities for compliance purposes, claiming that multiple enforcement actions are being taken against violators.

It also said that the Green and Blue Drop Audits carried out in 2016/17 were not published, the results were nevertheless passed on to the individual municipalities.