Ongoing effluent problem at Scottburgh High

Effluent spillage at Scottburgh High School.

An ongoing spillage has been occurring at Scottburgh High School since 2012, with what seems to be no permanent solution.

Year after year, the GJ Crookes hospital wastepipe, which runs through the school’s drainage system near their cricket nets, ends up overflowing, leaving an eyesore and health hazard for the school’s pupils and staff.

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The effluent includes paper towels, face cloths, other materials and even sticker tabs used on patients using an ECG machine. Last year, there were five cases reported by the school to officials as the spillage became such a mess that it had to be pumped out of the school and the ground was left in a swampy mess.

ECG stickers found among the effluent.

This ‘swamp’ is now making a comeback as the latest spillage occurred on September 19. The grounds around these drains are used by pupils cricket and long jump. The area has now been cordoned off as ‘out of bounds’.

This creates additional work and costs for the school, as its own staff had to clean the recent mess and put up more cricket nets away from the area so that could sports continue.

School grounds left in a swampy mess.

Back in 2015, Umdoni Municipality intervened and replaced the lines leading from the hospital to the school, but that did not hold for long.

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The hospital was asked to comment on the matter. Should they provide any feedback, it will be included in an update.

Environmental Health Practitioner, Ian Naicker of the Ugu District Municipality has announced that they intend to meet with role players from both the school, the hospital and Ugu Sanitation during the first week of October to illicit the issue of spillages and find a way forward.

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