GEORGE NEWS AND VIDEO - Two more sewage spills at Victoria Bay were reported to the George Herald during the past week. This follows three spills that occurred during the recent school holiday.
A highly irate Colin Horn, owner of Silver Spray Beach Accommodation, sent a video he had recorded this afternoon (12 February) of sewage water flowing from the storm water pipe in front of his home.
"It has been going on like this for the past 10 days. The stench is dreadful. This has got to stop. We are hosting guests at the weekend who are coming to the Dimension Data golf tournament. It is an embarrassment and a health hazard for people on the beach."
On Sunday 9 February another spill occurred, this time at the municipal sewage tank higher up from the beach area next to Seabreeze Cabanas. Municipal Communications Chief Chantel Edwards-Klose said the spill happened because of load shedding. "The spill was diluted and cleaned with chemicals, which is standard practice."
In January, a resident from Seabreeze Cabanas, André Groenewald, upset about the spills in the holiday time, was adamant that Victoria Bay's sewage tanks should be connected to the municipal sewage network. Civil Engineering Director Regenald Wesso said previously that this is currently not financially viable. However, planning for a "possible" future coupling of the Vic Bay system with that of George is in place.
Currently, sewage is extracted by trucks from a municipal holding tank servicing the lower part of Vic Bay, as well as a tank servicing Seabreeze. Wesso said the current extraction services have been and are still adequate and will continue.
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