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City Clamps Down on Illegal Stormwater Discharges, 12,580 Properties Inspected

Michael Hawthorne

The City of Cape Town’s Water Pollution Control (WPC) team is cracking down on illegal connections and discharges into the stormwater system. They are also advising property owners in Witsand and Atlantis on how to rectify the issue.

Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, joined the team for inspections conducted between March 2023 and February 2024. During this period, the WPC team inspected 12,580 properties, issuing 159 contravention notices and disconnecting 40 illegal connections.

The inspections targeted areas such as Masiphumelele, Wallacedene, Imizamo Yethu, Bloekombos, Dunoon, and Joe Slovo, where residents were found to be flushing greywater into stormwater drains. This not only violates bylaws but also negatively affects the environment and private properties downstream.

The City’s WPC team conducts proactive compliance inspections throughout Cape Town and collaborates with stakeholders on blitz operations. The Disconnections Programme is one such initiative that aims to ensure compliance and improve inland water quality.

The City also responds to community requests for inspections. A recent inspection in Witsand, prompted by resident complaints, revealed a widespread problem requiring urgent action.

How the Inspection and Disconnection Process Works

Common sources of pollution identified during inspections include:

Similar inspections are planned for Nomzamo, Lwandle, Asanda Village, Hangberg, and Fisantekraal in the coming weeks.

Councillor Badroodien commended the WPC team’s efforts and urged residents to cooperate with inspectors conducting similar inspections citywide. He emphasized the importance of addressing and enforcing the correction of illegal connections and discharges to safeguard the city’s inland water quality.

Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, identifies an illicit connection at a car wash in Witsands.
The Water and Sanitation teams of the City of Cape Town are present on-site for the inspection.

The robust flow within the stormwater system suggests unauthorized connections. Nomfuneko Mabulu, Ward Councillor, Moosa Raise, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Sinawo Mfolozi, and Tauriq Africa are present.

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