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As of late, Newcastle’s stormwater channels have come under scrutiny. Trash and overgrown vegetation hampering water flow during heavy rainfalls while tarnishing the town’s roads’ overall appearance.
Tending to the issue, the Newcastle Municipality Technical Services Department is currently implementing much-needed maintenance on the local stormwater channels and catch pits. The maintenance programme has been put in place to manage stormwater flow, which will minimise the impact on both the road infrastructure and the environment.
Ensuring the programme’s success, Head of Communications at Newcastle Municipality, Mlungisi Khumalo says, “Different teams from the Technical Services department are being regularly dispatched to various areas in Newcastle, to work tirelessly in executing this programme.”
Manager for Roads and Storm Water, Dr Thava Kelly says it is imperative to expedite this programme, as it will assist with the unblocking and the clearance of these catch pits and stormwater channels. Both of which have been constructed to alleviate the flows during the heavy rains.
Dr Kelly elaborates, “With the recent rains, there has been an outcry from the community regarding the blockages and clearance of debris from stormwater catch pits, channels and linear drains. Concerns were also raised on the flooding resulting from heavy rains and subsequent damage to the road infrastructure.”
In addition, she highlights the programme will include:
- Street cleaning.
- Weed spraying.
- Elimination of alien plants.
- The unblocking of stormwater systems.
- Repairing of both the stormwater catch pits and channels.
It is essential to note, Dr Kelly stressed that the Municipality is committed to carrying out this programme until the end.
Strategic Executive Director for Technical Services; Sydney Chauke pointed out, the maintenance programme is ongoing and has also been implemented to help curb road-related issues. He continues to urge members of the public to exercise patience and assures the community that the programme would reach every ward.
With the Newcastle Municipality addressing the cleanliness of the stormwater channels and catch pits, what your thoughts?
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