Coast KZN

06 Aug 2018

Sewage spill kills fish in Mbango River

Shona Aylward (South Coast Herald)

Water samples have been taken for testing.

The beleaguered Mbango River has suffered yet another sewage spill.

Mbango Valley Association residents, Lynne and Dot Howard, say they have lost count of the number of times this has happened during the year they have lived there.

“But this is the worst I have seen it. About two weeks ago all the fish died and it was not pleasant to see…or smell.
“There is a lot of wildlife – birds, otters, geese and buck – in this area which also drink from the river,” said Lynne.
She added that at night, the smell reached as far as the village’s service centre.

Responding to the Herald’s query, Ugu District Municipality spokesman, France Zama, said the municipality’s environmental health services department had been notified of sewage spillages emanating from its sewer reticulation system and which had resulted in the pollution of the river.

“Water samples have been taken at strategic points to establish the degree of pollution and mitigate any health risks. Signs have been placed at the Mbango River mouth, warning the public not to use the river for recreational purposes,” he said.

“The necessary action will be implemented by the environmental health management component to flush out the river, which will be vigilantly monitored for any further pollution.”