The sewage works located between the Vaalwater Township and the Spar at Zeederberg’s business center is a massive concern for the many residents in that area.
“Raw, untreated sewage flows daily into the Mokolo River – and the rainy season has not even arrived,” said Rika van Staden, a concerned resident.
“I do not even remember the number of problems that the sewage caused during the summer.”
The Van Stadens’ borders on the sewage works and they ride daily through the drain towards town.
Tracy Cleet, another resident, said they had for a number of months now sent e-mails to the Modimolle Municipality with photos and complaints about the sewage flowing into the Mokolo River.
“The sewage also flows into the pipes and the dam’s banks. We are extremely concerned about the effect the raw sewage has on the environment, “Cleet said.
There are residents of Lephalale and farms north of Vaalwater that use water from the Mokolo River for domestic use.
Patrick Shika, the spokesman of the Modimolle Municipality, said on Tuesday, August 16, they were aware of the problem and that they are working on it.
“Our biggest problem is criminals who steal the cables to the sewage plant. This causes the purification of the raw sewage not to work, and we cannot use the sprinklers to spray the sewage, “said Shika.
“We want to appeal to residents of Vaalwater to call the customer service number on Modimolle directly if they know of any problems – Vaalwater -Telephone (014) 178 2004 for any complaints and to explicitly mention the problems in Vaalwater,” Shika said.
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