Sewage continues to spill into Wilcocks Road due to a troublesome sewerage system. Bloemfontein Courant has previously reported that residents and commuters alike have had to bear the effects of the persistent issue.
According to Mangaung Metro Municipality spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, the municipality plans to shift a major pipeline as a long- term solution to the recurring problem.
“Every time we have to blow and unblock the pipe there, it becomes a problem. So the municipality has decided to move the pipe system. This will be a long-term solution. The system will be moved towards the pavement in order to make it easy for engineers to operate and do repairs when they need to,” Khedama explained.
Khedama said that construction that took place above a major pipeline has prevented any remedy that the metro has attempted to better the solution. “This took place where people made the mistake of building their structures above the system. This is problematic because only now do these problems appear. The residents of Wilcocks have undermined the processes of the municipality,” he said.
He added that the sewerage problem in Wilcocks is unprecedented in the metro. “As things stand, this is problem that we have never had in any other area because the system is a few metres underground and there are structures above ground,” said Khedama. According to him the structures were built irregularly.
One resident who did not want to be named, said that sewage runs intermittently into the street, depending on the time of day. “It has been going on for years, maybe four of five years. Over the last year it has been very bad. It happens every day. If there is a little bit of rain, it runs. It will run again a bit later when people are showering and using more water,” he said. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele