Blocked drains foul homes

Community representative Simpiwe Waka in front of houses in Qunu 1 060, part of Port Elizabeth’s Chatty, where sewage is seeping in and around residents’ homes Picture: Eugene Coetzee
Community representative Simpiwe Waka in front of houses in Qunu 1 060, part of Port Elizabeth’s Chatty, where sewage is seeping in and around residents’ homes
Picture: Eugene Coetzee

Newly built RDP houses in Chatty are surrounded by pools of sewage caused by blocked drains – just three months after residents moved in.

The new houses form part of Qunu 1 060, which was completed late last year by the Housing Development Agency.

The floors in some of the houses are already damp as water appears to be seeping under the foundations.

More than 50 houses have a problem with blocked drains, residents say.

Nelson Mandela Bay municipal spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki said the sewers in the area would be cleaned.

“Once this is done, any structural defects on the sewer infrastructure will be repaired.”

The cleaning would start tomorrow, he said.

Resident Zasembo Badela, 27, who moved into her house in December, said: “Even though our houses are built on a flat surface, the builder said it would not be a problem as the water would still run off.”

Badela said she could not even open her windows at night due to the stench. “The smell is unbearable. “The water is also going under the foundation, which has caused cracks,” she said.

“The floors in the bedrooms are damp.

“I am worried that the house will just fall apart.”

Her neighbour, Lindiwe Mbusi, 37, said the ground next to her house had started caving in.

“The drains are blocked and our gardens become pools.”

Dirty water was even coming out of her sink.

The residents said they had been living with the problem for two weeks.

Several complaints had been made to the municipality and residents had been given reference numbers.

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