The Lephalale Municipality in Limpopo has been given four months to clean up water pollution. This comes after an oversight visit to the Paarl wastewater treatment plant by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), municipal officials and the DA.
The oversight visit revealed the following state of the treatment plant:
- The wastewater treatment plant is not fully operational, and is overflowing;
- Raw sewage flows into the Mogol river;
- The contamination affected the plant life and the municipality has yet to rehabilitate the area;
- The new treatment plant was built 2 years ago and is still not operational. The service provider abandoned the project as his contract was not renewed, and skills transfer were not done.
- The Exxaro grey water dam is managed by Lephalale municipality and upon arrival, the smell off rotten fish and sewage was unbearable. Hundreds of dead fish were also floating in the water. and;
- The Marapong waste treatment plant is not in operation; there is a sewage dam, but the raw sewage is not treated. The plant was built in 2010 at a cost of R13 million and has since been vandalised.
CLEAN WATER POLLUTION PROBLEM
Officials claimed that they were unaware of the extent of contamination and took a water sample for testing.
The contaminated grey water is allocated to Mogol golf Club. Residents adjacent to the golf course also use this water in their gardens.
“Grey water plants must be monitored on a regular basis, which would have prevented this contamination, which can cause cholera,” said the DA.
The SAHRC gave the municipality 4 months to clean up the contamination and we will closely monitor the process.
The 2022 Green Drop Report revealed that Limpopo scored 29% in the assessment of its wastewater treatment plants; 50 plants were deemed critical.