A host of factors has contributed to sewage leaks across the Vereeniging suburb, seeping into homes and gushing down roads, causing damage to infrastructure, polluting the Vaal River, and posing serious health risks.
Raw sewage water is pictured in the streets of Peacehaven, Vereeniging, 21 July 2020. Alining pump stations and treatment plants have caused overflows of sewage all over the area, with some residents even having to resort to using buckets to drain their baths and toilets. Residents have begun digging trenches under their boundary walls in order for the build-up of water to drain from their properties. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark