Newcastle Municipality has taken decisive steps towards addressing the long-standing sewage problem plaguing the community.
On Monday, 22 May 2023, the Water Services Technical Team of the Newcastle Municipality sprang into action. They initiated repair work at the Kirkland and Allen Street intersection. This was to rectify a sewer collapse and ensure the seamless flow of sewage.
The repair efforts, although causing temporary disruptions to traffic flow, constituted one of the two crucial missions undertaken on Monday. This was to combat the sewage concerns in Newcastle.
Simultaneously, the Newcastle Municipality officially commenced the pumping of sewerage from the Voortrekker Pumpstation, marking a significant milestone towards eliminating all sewerage spillages in the lower CBD, Lennoxton, Amiel Park, Paradise, and other nearby areas.
“The pump station now being functional will provide much-needed relief in terms of sewage spillages. The sewer saga was a nightmare for the business community,” stated Cllr Faizel Cassim, of Newcastle Municipality. He further expressed optimism about the positive impact of the repaired Voortrekker Pumpstation.
As previously reported in April 2023, the Newcastle Municipality established an internal Service Delivery Task Team, comprising all relevant departments responsible for driving service delivery. This was to tackle major issues affecting the community.
Among these challenges was the sewer problem near the Grace Community Church on Gemsbok Street in Hutten Heights. The issue was traced back to a collapsed pipe causing disruption to sewage flow.
In response, the municipality embarked on a significant pipe replacement project aimed at permanently resolving the persistent sewer challenge.
The issue has caused frustration among residents residing in various areas such as Hutten Heights, Bird Street, Voortrekker Street, Memel Road, Sutherland Street, Trim Park, Finnemore Street, Jenkyn Street, and businesses in the vicinity of Allen Street and Newcastle Corner.
As the Newcastle Municipality makes headway in resolving the sewage issues, it becomes imperative to gather public opinion on these developments.
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