‘Unaddressed’ leak, sewage spill angers township residents
Thousands of litres of water have been gushing out of a communal tap in Airport Valley for the past two months, leaving an entire street flooded. This, coupled with a sewage spill, has left residents in Sigcawu Street in the Walmer Township informal settlement fuming.
Residents say they have reported the leaking tap but nothing has been done by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to fix it.
When The Herald visited Sigcawu Street yesterday, the tap was covered with plastic bags but water was still gushing out.
Asange Fihla, 54, whose house is next to the faulty tap, said she had lost faith in the municipality after it failed to fix the problem.
“I think it has been more than two months that this tap has been like this.
“On top of that, there is a burst sewage pipe that has spilled into the street.”
Fihla said the clean water was mixing with the sewage. “And kids have been playing there and we are worried they will get sick.”
Another resident, Melikhaya Sali, 34, said it made no sense to keep going to the municipality if the problem was not fixed.
“Many people have called to report this. I have called the municipality also, telling them this is a health hazard. They just don’t care about it,” Sali said.
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