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 Post subject: Sewage outfall near the marine protected area
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:15 am 
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Does anybody know if there have been attempts to stop the sewage outfalls on the coast? The Greenpoint outlet (1.7 km offshore) is close to the marine protected area border and the wind and currents can easily contribute to pollution into the protected area.


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 Post subject: Re: Sewerage outfall near the marine protected area
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:56 am 
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Welcome to the forums, Ninae.
Your query has been forwarded to SANParks PR.

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 Post subject: Re: Sewerage outfall near the marine protected area
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ninae wrote:
Does anybody know if there have been attempts to stop the sewerage outfalls on the coast? The Greenpoint outlet (1.7 km offshore) is close to the marine protected area border and the wind and currents can easily contribute to pollution into the protected area.



Dear Ninae :)

We have passed this on to the TMNP Marine Manager. Once I get a response I will post here.

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 Post subject: Re: Sewage outfall near the marine protected area
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Sewerage outfalls into the Ocean:

Many, if not all the coastal cities have sewerage outfalls directly into the ocean. They have been designed and built to minimise the impact of the depositing kilo litres of treated or untreated sewerage water into the Ocean. The impact is dependant on many things but mainly on the following, the volume, the degree of industrial waste and the maintenance of the treatment plants. Relevant authorities are working to improve the situation over time.

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 Post subject: Re: Sewage outfall near the marine protected area
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:15 am 
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I know we have more than 40 outfalls along the coast.

What i'm interested in is how they can allow it next to a protected area. The laws in the protected area is only governing the citizens and not the municipality.

I'm concerned because when you walk along the promenade you can smell sewage, although (as I understand) it is against the conditions of the license.

The Greenpoint outfall is only disposing 5.9% of the total amount of waste produced per day in the CCT. Together with Camps Bay, Green Point and Hout Bay's outfalls, they are disposing a total of 32.5 Million Litres per day.

For the sake of the "protected area", is there any way of stopping the outfall? How could one approach this matter?

Thank you for the reply.


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