Public urged to avoid contact with water in Palmiet River
No further effluent being discharged in Palmiet River
Residents are advised that no further effluent has been discharged into the Palmiet River since Tuesday, 31 May 2016.
Following a blockage in the drainage line of Blair Road Sewage Pump Station in Pinetown on Tuesday afternoon, effluent was discharged into Palmiet River. Immediate action was taken to resolve the situation with focused efforts to repair the pump station. The station was flooded late on Tuesday afternoon, but was operational by later that night with a back-up pump immediately switched on.
This resulted in no further surcharging of effluent from the station. Two back-up pumps are operational with the flooded pumps being serviced and expected to be operational soon.
In the interim, the public has been urged to avoid contact with Palmiet River below Blair Road as well as in the Umgeni River below the confluence with the Palmiet River for approximately two kilometres.
The natural processes of the river, including the flow of the river, will dilute the sewerage in the next few days.
PINETOWN – The public is urged to avoid contact with water in the Palmiet River below Blair Road as well as in the Umgeni River below the confluence with the Palmiet River for approximately two kilometres.
While doing necessary repairs, there was a blockage in the drainage line of Blair Road Sewage Pump Station in inetown causing flooding in the pump station which resulted in effluent being discharged into the Palmiet River.
A back-up pump at the Blair Road Sewage Pump Station was immediately turned on resulting in no further effluent being discharged into Palmiet River.
The public, including those who use the rivers recreationally for sport such as canoeing, are warned to be aware of the possible health risks and avoid contact with the water.
The matter is receiving attention by the relevant Municipal department.
The four pumps, which were flooded at the station, are undergoing repairs and are expected to be operational tomorrow, 2 June 2016. Currently two back-up pumps are operational at the station.
The Municipality urges all residents to please report any sewage issues immediately to our call centre 0801313013.