Residents of the western suburbs of Jeffreys Bay have had to endure a strong stench of sewage over the past few days due to a big spill of sewage at the Aapies Draai pump station.
The pump malfunctioned and has not been pumping sewage to the waste water treatment works for most of this week. This has led to a dam of sewage next to the Aston bay access road, which is a health hazard to the community.
“A broken transformer is the cause of the problem and it has been sent to a supplier to be fixed”, said DA Councillor Brenton Williams who has investigated what caused the latest sewage spill. “Hopefully the pump will be up and running by the weekend but the situation is totally unacceptable”.
The aging sewage system in Jeffreys Bay simply cannot cope any longer and is at 117 % of capacity according to the Department of Water Affairs.
The Kouga scored 36.3 % in the Department’s 2011 Green Drop report. The overall assessment issued by the Department is:
“Very poor performance and needs targeted intervention towards gradual sustainable improvement”.
The financial crises facing the Kouga Municipality means that very little funding will be invested into the infrastructure unless external funds are sources for long overdue upgrades.
The waste water treatment works needs a R 41 million upgrade to ensure that contaminated water is not released back into the environment and an estimated R 37 million is required to upgrade the sewage system and prevent further sewage spills.
These upgrades are just for Jeffreys Bay and the rest of sewage infrastructure in the Kouga also needs urgent attention.