MARONDERA – The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has reported Marondera Town Council to Police for discharging raw sewage into the environment.
A source who spoke to The Mirror said the Mash East capital city has over the last seven years become notorious for the same crime as it has operated with non-functional pumps at several effluent stations.
The Mirror has it on good authority that EMA conducted inspections at Dombotombo, Rufaro, Chicago and Cherutombo stations on July 10, 2020 and observed that the sewerage pumps were non- functional since the trunk lines interlinking them to Elmswood sewage treatment plant were not repaired.
Mash East Environmental Education and Publicity Officer Astas Mabwe confirmed the matter to The Mirror.
Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murova confirmed the issue and said they have held a meeting with EMA and are in the process of addressing the problem.
The local authority has therefore since been charged with three offences of discharging effluent in a manner that causes pollution to the aquatic environment, discharge of effluent into the environment without an effluent discharge license issued by the Agency and discharge of effluent into the aquatic environment in contravention of water pollution control standards.
The local authority is expected to appear in court soon.
The source said that the local authority has failed to address the problem of non-functional pumps for several years thereby allowing the disposal of raw sewerage into the environment to continue for a long period.
At one time they were issue with $5 000 tickets as penalty.
The matter will appear in court on a date yet to be set.
The same inspections were conducted on February 1, 2018 and the same problems were detected. On May 29, 2019 another inspection revealed the same problems again.
The discharge of untreated sewage according to section 57 (1), 60 or 70 (1) of the Environmental Management Act chapter 20:27 as read with fourth schedule of statutory instrument 6 of 2007 is a violation of the law which threatens both human health and surrounding ecosystems. https://masvingomirror.com