Wallacedene sewer pump station torched


The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation has urged anyone with information about the torching of the Wallacedene sewer pump to report to them urgently. 

The Wallacedene sewer pump was reportedly torched on Saturday night. The City of Cape Town offers a R5000 reward to anyone who reports any incident or provides information related to theft and vandalism of water and sanitation infrastructure that leads to a successful arrest or recovery of stolen infrastructure.


The City of Cape Town said preliminary investigations revealed that both the electrical and mechanical equipment required for the pump station to function was completely destroyed. 

The City of Cape Town said costs to repair this facility, which has a critical function in conveying sewage from homes and businesses to Wastewater Treatment plants, could amount to hundreds of thousands of rands,” the City said. 

“This act of vandalism has resulted in sewer overflows and flooding at the pump station as well as the linked sewer network throughout Wallacedene. This will also impact on the surrounding communities and the receiving natural environment. 

“With the winter rains looming and the pump station not working, rainwater will dilute the sewage and spill into the streets, giving rise to potential health concerns. Furthermore, raw sewage that enters the environment will affect water quality in the system, making it unusable for water users downstream, such as farmers.” 

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MMC for Water and Sanitation, Zahid Badroodien said the level of infrastructure destruction caused by this criminal incident will see the Wallacedene pump station out of operation for quite some time, which will also negatively impact the surrounding areas over the same period.

“The City of Cape Town, residents and other stakeholders need to all work together to clamp down on theft and vandalism because these selfish acts by thieves and vandals result in sewer blockages and overflows in the streets of our communities. Anyone who provides information can do so confidentially,” Badroodien said. 

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