The City of Cape Town is upgrading the control and security systems at the Langa sewage pump station to stop sewage contamination of the Elsieskraal River. The station serves thousands of households in Athlone, Bridgetown, Pinelands, Langa and parts of Parow.
"Extensive vandalisation of the control equipment over the past year has contributed to the sewage spillage, but that was not the only contributing factor," says Pinelands subcouncil Chairperson, Cllr Brian Watkyns.
"The Langa major pump station has sufficient capacity for the next 30 years. However part of the problem are the constraints in the northern areas sewer which was constructed in 1951 and needs to be upgraded.
"Thefts at the pump station has compromised the wet well at the Langa pump station, but due to the limitation of the northern areas sewer, any detrimental conditions such as excess stormwater, infiltration into the system and faulty pump station controls will result in sewage spillage," says Cllr Watkyns.
"Council approved funding for Langa repairs at the end of August. All the preliminary work such as design, drawings and tender documentation to upgrade the northern areas sewer has been completed. Once fixed, sewage contamination will be stopped.
"The City acknowledges that a proper functioning sanitation system is essential for human life, health and economic development. The Pinelands subcouncil therefore fully supports the fixing of the entire system," Cllr Watkyns said.
18 SEPTEMBER 2007
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 2201
CLLR BRIAN WATKYNS
CHAIR: PINELANDS SUBCOUNCIL
TEL: 021 531 3437 OR CELL: 083 444 4807