Poisoned: Tshwane’s boreholes, taps and soil - The Mail & Guardian

Foul water runs out of Hammanskraal’s taps and farmers can’t grow crops because the City of Tshwane’s Rooiwal wastewater treatment plant contaminates the soil and groundwater

2021-11-27 04:00:00 PM

Poisoned: Tshwane’s boreholes, taps and soil: Foul water runs out of Hammanskraal’s taps and farmers can’t grow crops because the City of Tshwane’s Rooiwal wastewater treatment plant contaminates the soil and groundwater

Foul water runs out of Hammanskraal’s taps and farmers can’t grow crops because the City of Tshwane’s Rooiwal wastewater treatment plant contaminates the soil and groundwater

Theunis Vogel’s heavy boots sink into the moist earth as he trudges through his field of green mealies that reach past his elbows.With a tired smile, the farmer speaks of how the recent rains have helped to wash off some of the sewage sludge that is poisoning his crops. But, on his farm in Vastfontein, north of Pretoria, the sewage contamination runs far and deep. 

“You can see some of the plants are not so lekker,” Vogel says. “Previously, thesludge was lying on the mealies itself. You would peel the leaves and inside you could see that black sludge.”Unlock this story – and all our journalism – for just R2/month*

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