Jeffreys Bay was beset by yet another sewage spill on Friday that saw Municipal officials working through the night to contain the spill from entering the ocean at the world famous waves at Supertubes.
The spill occurred as the town is gearing up for the annual influx of holidaymakers.
This is the second sewage spill at the Boneyards beach within the past six month. The previous spill took place two days after the 2011 Billabong Pro had finished. A large amount of raw sewage entered the ocean when this spill took place.
The surf community and other beach users are understandably very angry about the latest sewage spill. Surf tourism brings in visitors from all over South Africa, as well as the rest of the world and no matter how perfect the waves are in Jeffreys Bay, nobody wants to swim or surf in polluted water.
A sewage system that is inadequately maintained and has not being upgraded to cater for the town’s needs is behind the latest sewage spill according to the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Jeffreys Bay.
“It is estimated that about R 30 million is required just to upgrade the sewage pump stations in Jeffreys Bay and another R 41 million is needed to upgrade the sewage treatment works”, said DA Councillor Brenton Williams.
“The sewage spills are probably the biggest threat facing Jeffreys Bay at the moment and they are a health hazard as well as potentially polluting our ground water as well as the ocean”, added Williams.
“The DA will be including the upgrading of the sewage network in the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) as a matter of urgency as we cannot afford to put the lives of the residents of Jeffreys Bay at risk due to a basic service like sewage collection and treatment being inadequately managed”.
Regular sewage spills have been occurring at Main Beach, Koraal Street, Aapies Draai and now at the surfing beaches near Supertubes over the past 12 months.