1000’s to flock to Cape City seashores amid rising issues over sewage spills

1000’s to flock to Cape City seashores amid rising issues over sewage spills

1000’s to flock to Cape City seashores amid rising issues over sewage spills

Bathers get some solar on the seaside.

  • 1000’s are anticipated to flock to Cape City’s seashores this weekend, however there are mounting issues over the affect load shedding has on sewer infrastructure. 
  • The Metropolis of Cape City introduced the closure of one other seaside on account of {an electrical} failure on the sewage pump station on account of load shedding.
  • The closures highlighted extreme challenges town has encountered because of the continued excessive phases of load shedding on its water and sanitation infrastructure. 

As 1000’s of Capetonians are anticipated to flock to numerous seashores this lengthy Christmas weekend, issues are mounting over the affect load shedding has had on the sewer infrastructure leading to a number of seaside closures.

On Thursday, town introduced the closure of a 3rd seaside simply in two weeks. Bakoven Seaside is closed to the general public till additional discover.

Town mentioned the closure was on account of {an electrical} failure on the Beta sewer pump station on account of ongoing load shedding.

Appearing Mayor Eddie Andrews mentioned the Metropolis skilled each day challenges with inappropriate objects blocking the sewer community. 

He mentioned:

The state of affairs is compounded by load shedding, significantly the sustained larger ranges that we have now skilled. The affect is sort of seen, significantly because it pertains to our coastal areas at a time when the seaside is a highly regarded vacation spot. I feel we have to settle for that pump station faults can – and can – happen, given the continued load shedding.


Andrews mentioned town was working laborious to resolve the problem. Two weeks in the past, it introduced short-term closures of Muizenberg and Fish Hoek seashores.

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The Metropolis’s sewer pump stations want electrical energy to perform successfully and transport sewage to wastewater therapy vegetation the place it may be handled, Andrews defined. 

Nonetheless, with larger, extended phases of load shedding, sewage spills and overflows are to be anticipated, regardless of the contingency measures which are in place.

“When there’s a fault at a pump station, town tries to repair it within the shortest time potential to cease the overflow. Within the occasion {that a} seaside is affected, a number of metropolis departments are activated to analyze and reply to the incident, together with figuring out the trigger and extent of the affect and what remedial measures are required,” Andrews mentioned. 

Alex Lansdowne, the chairperson of the mayoral advisory committee on water high quality in wetlands and waterways, mentioned load shedding was inflicting havoc on sewage reticulation infrastructure in Cape City. 

“Pump stations are failing as a result of they’re merely not designed to have intermittent energy provide.

“The electrical energy disruptions trigger pumps to fail, which ends up in sewage overflows. Cape City pump stations have been fitted with backup turbines, however because of this there may be added logistical stress to handle the infrastructure each day,” he mentioned. 

Lansdowne added that elevated sewage spills have been one other instance of how load shedding broken town’s economic system and worldwide repute.

“Our seashores and waterways are internationally famend, and we’re on the top of a bumper vacationer season. It’s painful to see this sewage overflowing into the environment, which individuals must be utilizing,” he mentioned. 

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