Cape Town Govt Sends More Sewage to the Sea Than Allowed

According to its own data, the City of Cape Town has been pumping more sewage into the ocean at Hout Bay than is allowed. This contravenes the discharge permit granted by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment.

Opposition party ActionSA laid a criminal charge for violation of the Integrated Coastal Management Act after data and documents obtained by ActionSA show that the City pumped more than the maximum allowed volume.

On six of the days measured, the City released more than double the allowed maximum volume of sewage into the ocean, releasing as much as 12.5-million litres on one day. The pipe is designed to manage a maximum of 9.6-million litres a day.


More sewage than allowed has been pumped into the sea at Hout Bay.

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