Water, Sewage & Effluent January-February 2017 - Page 12

Hundreds of fish have died in the wake of millions of litres of untreated sewage having been released into the dam .
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The blame game : Harties sewage spill

Following last year ’ s devastating sewage spill into Hartbeespoort Dam , various government entities have denied responsibility and it seems unlikely that anyone will be held accountable . By Martin Czernowalow

Government officials have declined to point fingers at any particular department or entity responsible for a massive sewage spill at the Northern Works Wastewater Treatment Plant , which in turn flowed into Hartbeespoort Dam in November last year .

This despite hundreds of fish dying in the wake of millions of litres of untreated sewage having been released by the treatment plant into the Jukskei River , which links up with the Crocodile River and then flows into Hartbeespoort Dam . While the extent of the damage caused to the dam was not immediately known in the aftermath of the spill , conservation experts say the most affected area is where the Crocodile River enters the Hartbeespoort Dam . This area is home to a large number of wading birds and returning migrant birds from the north .
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