The City of Tshwane can confirm that there was no
dumping of sewage into Hennops River. The video clip that was circulating
on social media platforms this week showed a waste vehicle with on-board
equipment preparing to unblock a sewer pipeline.
The City of Tshwane Water and Sanitation Department in Region 4 identified a
surcharging manhole along Hennops River. The City contracted Averda Sight Lines
to investigate and unblock the sewer pipeline causing the surcharge and to mitigate
the environmental risk. Averda Sight Lines, a division of Averda South
Africa specialising in CCTV pipe inspections and pipe cleaning, owns the truck
on the video concerned.
The City contracted Averda’s technical CCTV inspection equipment to establish
the exact cause of the blockage. The Averda truck in the video is designed to
unblock pipelines, and jetted water under high pressure into the sewer pipe via
the manhole located close to the river bank.
Averda determined on 10 April 2018 that a concrete block (bollard) was lodged
in the sewer pipe located at Witstinkhout and End Street. The City is now
diverting the river flow in order to gain access and remove the bollard.
The City of Tshwane is confident that the contracted company, Averda, operates
compliantly and with sustainable operating practices in dealing with the City.
The City assures the public that it will always comply
with set standards of discarding sewage in a safe and responsible way, without
posing any health risk to its residents.