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Residents can ‘breathe again’

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Officials from Transnet and the Sol Plaatje Municipality visited the area and unblocked the drains, enabling the pool of water to drain away

STENCH: The pool of water that was drained in Electro Park. Picture: Soraya Crowie

RESIDENTS of Electro Park breathed a huge sigh of relief yesterday after a large pool of apparently contaminated water was drained.

Concerns were raised this week of a pending ecological disaster, while a two-year-old city girl faces a month-long stay in hospital after she apparently came into contact with the pool of contaminated water in the suburb.

There is a lot of sewage water flowing in Electro Park as the drains are overflowing.

Several parents in the suburb believe that their children have also been affected by the polluted water.

Houses in the area are rented from Transnet, which is also responsible for the provision of certain basic services.

Residents were yesterday finally able “to breathe again” after officials from Transnet and the Sol Plaatje Municipality visited the area and unblocked the drains, enabling the pool of water to drain away.

“We can’t say thank you enough. We are finally able to breathe again after the pool was drained,” one resident, Lena Roos, said.

Roos’ granddaughter, Shekeenah Roos, spent her second birthday in Mediclinic Kimberley on Friday, is battling not only various infections, which are believed to have affected her intestines, but also sores in and around her mouth.

According to Shekeenah’s mother, Landi Roos, the little girl had had an upset stomach for weeks, which she believes is due to the sewage water and overflowing drains.

According to Landi, a doctor had tested a sample of Shekeenah’s stool and diagnosed a “dangerous” infection in her whole body that had spread to her intestines, necessitating a month-long stay in hospital.

The doctor also sent samples taken from Shekeenah for further testing as it is believed that she may have caught the infection from the water.

Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson Sello Matsie yesterday confirmed that the property belonged to Transnet but added that a team from the municipal sanitation department had met with Transnet officials, who opened the drains and were working to fix a broken pump in the area that is believed to be the root cause of the problem.