The City of Cape Town says that the most recent sewage spill at Table View's Big Bay beach was caused by increased volumes on the sewage line.
Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services, Counsellor Ernest Sonnenberg, explains that sewage levels had risen in Big Bay while officials were repairing a leak at another pump point.
They had to shut off the pump station... due to increased volumes, the lowest area opposite the surf club rose and caused a sewage spill.— Cllr Ernest Sonnenberg, MayCo member for Utility Services
According to Sonnenberg, the sewage system does not face structural problems, despite claims from the Table View Ratepayers’ Association that sewage leaks are a regular occurrence.
We're relatively confident that the issue is not an infrastructure fault.— Cllr Ernest Sonnenberg, MayCo member for Utility Services
He says that there have been only five reported incidents in the last three years, three of which were related to the sewage pipeline.
Sonnenberg has defended the quality of sea water in the city, after medical health expert Dr Jo Barnes cautioned residents due to high e-coli levels.
He says that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research will shed light on water safety in the city when they release the findings of their study.
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