2 June 2016
No Further Effluent Being Discharged in Palmiet River
EThekwini Municipality wishes to advise residents 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.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
For more information members of the media can contact Municipal spokesman Thulani Mbatha on 031 311 4820 or email: thulani.mbatha1@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za
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