REPAIR work is underway on a damaged section of the above ground sewage pipe on Prince Mhlangana Road with the restoration expected to take around a month.
During last month’s heavy rains, several pumping stations and sewer lines were damaged, including the one that runs from Red Hill to the Riverhorse Valley.
Residents and conservationists have raised alarms about the pipe, which discharges raw sewage across the road and into a tributary of the Umgeni River on a daily basis.
District Councilor 34 Bobby Maharajh has urged residents to exercise patience as a section of the road has been closed to traffic due to the nature of the repair work.
“The contractors have been on site for just over a week now and felt they had to close the road to traffic to get the heavy concrete pipes into place. Some sections are on site to connect the damaged section but I am told that the things that will take a little time are the cement cradles that the pipeline rests on. They are still being made and will take some time.
“I was told the project would take almost a month and the sooner we get this done the better. The environment has been badly hit by the recent storms, particularly the uMgeni River. Once this project is complete, the eThekwini community will be able to focus on the clean-up work along the river bed and road. I urge residents to be patient while repairs continue. We’re fortunate in Ward 34 that there are alternative ways to get in and out. At the end of the day, I want to see a decent job being done,” he said.
eThekwini community spokesman Msawakhe Mayisela said they were working around the clock to repair the main sewer.
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