Sewage in Our Systems: South Africa Sewage Infiltrates Rivers at 50 000 litres Per Second
The South African reports that “The Mail & Guardian reports that out of the 824 treatment plants, “maybe only 60 release clean water.” The paper says that raw or partially treated sewage flows into rivers throughout the country, including big metros such as Johannesburg to towns like Villiers in the Free State.”
Furthermore, they state the below:
“M&G has visited 36 treatment plans around SA over the last 6 years. One plant in northern Limpopo saw operators using “a handbook with a third of its pages missing” to calculate how much chlorine and lime to add to their treatment process. The ration meant to be done by lab results and sampling, instead, it was being done by “guesswork”.
One employee at the plant even admitted to getting the job because “they knew the plants manager”.
The annual Green Drop Report reportedly backs up M&G’s claims. The paper even went as far as saying that the evidence is so damning “it would enable people to sue the government.” The report from 2013 stated that less than 10% of the country’s 824 plants were releasing clean water.
This means that 50 000 litres of untreated sewage is released every second.”
A rough calculation means that in a 24 hour period – an average of 4 320 000 000.00 litres of this sewage makes it’s way into our water.
“The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) says that 60% of the country’s water bodies hold water that is “so rich in nutrients from sewage that it is green and hyacinths cover the surface. These “green” dams also include Hartbeespoort and Bronkhorstpruit in Gauteng.”
If ever your faith in the country’s municipal water was questioned or wavering, we might be safe in saying that your suspicions have now been confirmed.
This information was sourced from “The South African article” as linked in the article intro. Aquazania is in no way affiliated to any of the parties mentioned.