Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 15 December 2010
The City of Cape Town recently issued 15 Water Pollution Control Inspectors in the Water and Sanitation Department with Peace Officer status, which gives them the authority to issue spot fines to water polluters.
The team’s main responsibility is the protection of the City’s water reticulation systems (sewers and stormwater drainage) and receiving bodies (such as rivers and streams) from pollution that stems from industry and household waste. The team will work to ensure that the environment is protected and not negatively impacted as a result of by-law infringement.
The officers are working in the field, actively monitoring and enforcing compliance with the three relevant City by-laws, namely the Wastewater and Industrial Effluent By-law, the Stormwater By-law and the Treated Effluent By-law.
The City has completely revised the previous system of control, which was limited to contravention notices. By enhancing the powers of the existing officers, the City is introducing a zero-tolerance approach. The officers have power of access into all premises suspected to have discharged dangerous substances into the sewer or stormwater system. Continue reading