Address the root of the Boksburg lake’s problems

I refer to the lead article in the Advertiser, dated Friday, July 21, 2017.

I am sure that like most Boksburg residents, I am shocked at the reported estimated cost of R220-million for dredging the lake.

If the estimated cost is indeed so much, I think the metro should fire the consultants and do the planning ‘in house’. I am sure that the metro has enough capacity to plan and oversee a relatively simple task like this.

The cost of doing this could be a fraction of the estimated cost mentioned in the article.

However, before embarking on dredging the lake, there are several other points that need to be taken care of in order to prevent the same situation from arising again within a short space of time.

These include:

* Repair the leaks in the sewage systems. At present a large percentage of untreated sewage finds its way into the lake via leaking sewage pipes discharging into the storm water system.

* Clamp down on factories and process plants discharging badly polluted effluent into the storm water system. The laws for this exist but are not enforced.

*Clean the gutters of our streets on a regular basis. Our streets are littered with plastic bags, paper and lots of other matter which find their way into the storm water system, causing blockages.

* Maintain, and empty on a regular basis, public litter bins to reduce the litter in our community.

*Clamp down on persons dumping all sorts of rubbish and litter in public places, a lot of which also finds its way into the storm water system. Again, the laws for this exist but are not enforced.

Our entire municipal area looks like a refuse dump.

Then, and only then, will it be worthwhile to dredge the lake and restore it to its former glory. The lake could be a source of entertainment and enjoyment not only to the residents of Boksburg, but also to the entire surrounding area, creating income for the metro.

In addition, it would create permanent employment for a fairly large number of local inhabitants who are presently unemployed.

I am convinced that the total cost of items as mentioned above, and the dredging of the lake, could be done for less than R200-m.

Riaan Engelbrecht

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