Arson Suspected After Fire Cripples Wallacedene Sewer Pump Station.. The costs to repair the Wallacedene sewer pump station, damaged when it was allegedly torched by arsonists on Saturday, could amount to hundreds of thousands of rands, the City of Cape Town said.
Preliminary investigations at the facility, which has a critical function in conveying sewage from homes and businesses to Wastewater Treatment plants, revealed that both the electrical and mechanical equipment required for the pump station to function was completely destroyed. This means it is unable to operate.
The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation team asked anyone with information about this incident to please report this urgently so it can be investigated and the culprits held accountable.
A reward of up to R5,000 is being offered 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.
“This act of vandalism has resulted in sewer overflows and flooding at the pump station as well as the linked sewer network throughout Wallacedene,” it said in a statement.
“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.