The Tshwane metro is exposing residents to a health hazard by not running sewage treatment plants properly, the Democratic Alliance said yesterday.
Citing the Green Drop Progress report Released by the Department of Water Affairs, DA spokesman Darryl Moss urged the municipality to act.
“The report shows that for 13 out of 17 Tshwane (sewage treatment) plants, the risk rating has increased,” said Moss.
“These include the major plants like Baviaanspoort, Daspoort, Rietgat, Rooiwal East, Rooiwal North and Sanderspruit.”
The report revealed that in Gauteng, Tshwane had dropped from eighth position in 2011 to last this year, going from a risk rating of 61 to 71%.
Moss said the DA was concerned about the “serious deterioration” of the metro’s operational capability. In most of the troubled plants, effluent quality was at high risk.
None of the plants attained acceptable compliance levels to finally discharge effluent into rivers.
”People using water from the rivers, including farmers and informal settlement dwellers without access to formalised water and sanitation systems, are being exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals and organisms,” said Moss.
Tshwane should approach the government for financial assistance to fast-track planned improvements, said Moss – Sapa
Pretoria News weekend Saturday August 11 2012
It’s the same story everywhere…..
By using less water, by recycling your grey water you send as little as 5% instead of the consumed 70% of water to the sewage treatment plants. A pity the municipalities don’t advertise that! It will sovle the problem.