Some residents in Hazendal, who live alongside Black River, believe that raw sewage is being pumped into the river and not only stormwater.
The residents believe the deteriorating state of the river is causing an influx of flies, cockroaches and mosquitoes into their homes.
The City of Cape Town says it’s just as concerned about the water quality and the pollution.
Councillor Xanthea Limberg says some of the main pollutants are because of the urban environment.
“The illegal dumping into canals and rivers as well as organic wastes, particularly from households, is causing the proliferation of flies.”
As for concerns about raw sewage being pumped into the river, Limberg says effluent from the Athlone Waste Water Treatment Works could be causing “elevated pollutant loads”.
But she says the plant “generally” complies with national discharge standards.
Murky brown non-potable water gushes out of a large pipe straight into the Black River where it runs along the N2 near the Hazendal train station.
The stench of what seems to be old faeces is worse at this discharge point.
At the end of the Buckner Road Cul de Sac there’s a City of Cape Town sign warning people to avoid contact with the water or swimming near the discharge point as it’s “potentially polluted.”
By Monique Mortlock. Source: Eyewitness News