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20 February 2020

Statement: Update Ballots Bay/Meulen River Sewage Spill/Victoria Bay report back

Statement: Update Ballots Bay/Meulen River Sewage Spill/Victoria Bay report back

 

Issued George Municipality, 18 February 2020

For immediate release

 

 

Ballots Bay/Meulen River

Water sample analysis results in the sea at Ballots Bay indicate levels well within acceptable levels for intermediate contact according to the Recreation Use Quality Guidelines issued by the Department Water Affairs – which means it is certified as safe for people who may be swimming, surfing and kayaking in this area. This information has been communicated to the Garden Route District Municipality, whose own processes will determine if further action is necessary. According to the water sample laboratory certificates, there seems to be no need to close any beaches, but it is up to the GRDM to make such determination and advise any responsible parties accordingly.

 

Samples in the Meulen River and at the river mouth, however, did confirm sewerage contamination upstream from the sea but had subsequently been cleaned-up and should be 100% by the end of Monday (17th February). George Municipality Director Civil Engineering Regenald Wesso said the cause of sewerage spills upstream are blocked drains which are related to ongoing dumping of unwanted objects in sewerage lines for waste disposal and mischief. “Teams have been clearing sewerage lines along sections of sewerage pipes, mostly in Thembalethu, in which inappropriate objects have been dumped – these included blankets, branches, rocks, an old toilet seat, plastics and more.

 

 

Victoria Bay Culvert

Results of water testing taken at Victoria Bay culvert as well as in the waves in Victoria Bay have confirmed there were no markers that would suggest a sewerage spill into the sea at this point, and results were normal and within acceptable levels for recreational use. The municipality confirms that the organic stench the person posting last week’s video reported behind the Victoria Bay toilets may have also originated from nearby milkwood trees that gives off a stench when in bloom. The municipality has investigated the area to see if there was any other possible source of sewerage leak or other contamination, but has so far not identified any such leak or spill.

 

 

 

 

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Media Statement: Ballots Bay/Meulen River Sewage Spill

Issued George Municipality, 14 February 2020

For immediate release

 

George Municipality herewith confirms that a spill has occurred on the Meulen River located on the outskirts of George, following a blockage on a sewerage mainline and emergency procedures have been initiated. It was subsequently determined that the Meulen River (Ballots Bay) incident constitutes an Alert Level 2 response and the Civil Engineering Services directorate can, therefore, report that the incident has been contained and the required repairs will be completed by close of business on 14 February 2020. Any further decision making with regard to the adjacent beaches possibly affected will be taken by the Garden Route District Municipality who follow their own protocols and testing of the water before declaring it safe for swimming.

 

Sewage spillages are not uncommon occurrences and municipalities, who are also Water Services Authorities are required to plan for such incidents accordingly. The George Wastewater Risk Abatement Plan (W2RAP) is an approach and methodology developed to provide a cost-effective and protective means of consistently assuring acceptable and safe wastewater treatment, through practical risk management, based on system assessments and effective operational monitoring and control. The primary objectives of the W2RAP are firstly; to prevent contamination during transport of wastewater, storage and disposal of sludge and secondly; to reduce or remove contamination through the treatment processes.

 

In this instance, a sewage spillage was reported late afternoon on 12 February 2020 and according to the W2RAP, the municipality activated the waste water management incident protocol (W2IMP) that requires the Civil Engineering Services directorate to determine the alert level of the incident as follow:

 

Alert level 1: No significant risk to health and the incident can be contained or controlled. Routine problems including minor disruptions to the waste water system and single sample non-compliances.

 

Alert level 2: Potential risk to public health and/or environment. Minor emergencies, requiring additional sampling, process optimisation and reporting/communication of the problem. The root cause is identifiable but cannot be immediately contained and will last for approximately 24 hours. Management, Council and the Regulating Authority are notified. Emergency procedures have been initiated.

Alert level 3: The impact of the incident is severe, it is a major emergency requiring significant interventions to minimize public health risk (Engagement of a designated Emergency Management Team). The root cause is not easily identifiable or easily contained or controlled. The impact of the incident has significant consequences and will last longer than 24 hours. Emergency procedures have been initiated.

 

The W2RAP is primarily to mitigate potential risks and is a valuable primary risk management tool to enhance municipal wastewater service delivery. It encompasses all steps in the wastewater value chain, from production to discharge or reuse in a catchment. It focuses on public health and natural resource protection and addresses the most eminent hazards, risks and controls that may apply along the value chain.

 

The table below shows the anticipated extent, impact, risks and actions to be taken in the event of a Level 2 alert. The W2RAP is part of the municipality’s Water Services Development Plan (WSDP), a public document available to the public.

The Civil Engineering Services directorate encourages members of the public to report any sewage spillages as soon as possible due to the extent of the network in excess of 600km that their limited staff cannot monitor on a 24/7/365 basis.

 

George Municipality would like to encourage members of the public to report such incidents or suspected incidents directly to the Civil Engineering Customer Services on 044 8029266 during work hours (07h45 – 16h30) and 044 801 6300 after hours.

 

Alternatively report via the George Municipal App which can be downloaded via link https://george.comunity.me/d/george/

Last published 20 February 2020