21 December 2022

Poor Water / Sewage Management into the Milnerton Lagoon

Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench Situation at Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island

Latest 2022 Updates of Media Reporting on the Current Sewage / Stench Situation in Milnerton

Poor Wastewater Management : City of Cape Town

Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench situation at Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island : Copyright Vernon Chalmers

It is very disappointing to report here on my Vernon Chalmers Photography website that I am as alarmed with the ongoing wastewater pollution, sewage and stench situation here around the Milnerton / Woodbridge Island residential / natural ecosystem environment as everybody else around here (and further afield).

Please Note: Above Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island image is for geographical location purpose only. This image was photographed quite a few years ago. 

Declining Bird Life around the Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
As a resident of Milnerton and an avid local bird photographer I have witnessed the deterioration of active bird species above and on / in the Diep River - which runs into the Milnerton Lagoon (opposite Woodbridge Island), Cape Town.

A sunny morning with no birds along the Diep River / Woodbridge Island >>

I have seen the deteriorating bird life to such an extend that no birds are perched or in-flight for relatively long time periods (20 to 30 minutes) anywhere along the lagoon or river. Generally here are between 20 to 40 different species continuously active on any given sunny morning. Those days are long gone... 

Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench situation at Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Pied kingfisher fishing in the Diep River Milnerton : Copyright Vernon Chalmers

The pied kingfisher above was photographed a few years ago when the water (and marine life) of the Diep River / Woodbridge Island was still part of a clean and healthy natural ecosystem. 

Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench Situation, Milnerton
During some of my walks from the Woodbridge Island bridges along the Diep River towards the Table Bay Nature Reserve entrance (opposite Milnerton High) and deeper into the reserve I sometimes see less than 10 birds (+- 10 minute hike). I've witnessed this deterioration since early 2020.

Poor Water / Sewage Management Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island
Poor Water / Sewage Management Table Bay Nature Reserve Copyright Vernon Chalmers

Sewage Pollution and Stench in (from) the Diep River, Milnerton
I reside in Arnhem which is directly opposite the Milnerton Lagoon / Diep River and am just as concerned as all other Milnerton residents / associated stakeholders with regard to the poor wastewater / sewage management of this ongoing (and stinking) problem.

© Vernon Chalmers

# ReThinkTheStink Facebook Group
Join / Visit the # ReThinkTheStink Facebook Page to learn more about this ongoing pollution and sewage problem in the Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island.

OUTA Project: Cape Town Pollution - Milnerton / Joe Slovo (2020 - 2022)
Residents have been pleading with the City of Cape Town to address the unacceptable pollution of the Milnerton Lagoon and surrounding areas. Their appeals for urgent assistance have not resulted in a solution. (Source OUTA). Read more >>

Updated Article / Media Links of the current Milnerton Sewage / Pollution / Stench Situation

City of Cape Town warns of further sewage spills due to lengthy power cuts MG >>

Is Cape Town’s mayor winning the war on sewage? (Milnerton) MyZA >>

City outlines plans to restore Milnerton Lagoon Tabletalk >>

Interventions to help tackle pollution at Milnerton Lagoon Smile FM >>

Remedial work at Potsdam ‘ongoing’ as interventions aim to address lagoon's stench News24 >>

Milnerton Lagoon stench: City plans R5bn Upgrade To Wastewater Treatment Plant News24 >>

DA calls on residents to send submissions for Milnerton Lagoon Remediation plan IOL >>

Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says restoring health of Milnerton Lagoon is not optional IOL >>

People living around Milnerton Lagoon bemoan slow action to clean up sewage MG >>

Milnerton / Woodbridge Island residents still waiting for foul wastewater stench solution IOL >>

Rethinking the stink: Strategies suggested to fix ‘disaster’ at Milnerton Lagoon News24 >>

Sewage pollution blamed for fish die-off at the Milnerton Lagoon Cape Town Etc >>

Fish die-off in polluted Milnerton lagoon GroundUp >>

Stink over Milnerton Lagoon funding IOL >>

City of Cape Town lambasted over Milnerton Lagoon stink and ecosystem collapse IOL >>

Draft estuary plan, a step in the right direction for Milnerton Lagoon pollution DA >>

Rising Milnerton stench is hitting residents hard News24 >>

The big stink about Milnerton Lagoon CapeTalk >>


Smell from Potsdam leaves residents gasping Online Tenders >>

Milnerton residents ‘sick’ of lagoon stench IOL >>

Milnerton Lagoon suffers yet another sewage spill IOL >>

Frequent discharge of 'poorly treated effluent' into Milnerton Lagoon, Diep River a concern IOL >>

Locals suspect fish-die off linked to Milnerton Lagoon's 'highly polluted water' CapeTalk >>

Dead fish investigated (Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island) Tyger Burger >>

Sewage spills blamed for fish die-off at Milnerton Lagoon Daily Maverick >>

City of Cape Town probes cause of fish die-off in Milnerton Lagoon News24 >>

Toxic sewage spill causes a stink at Milnerton lagoon / Woodbridge Island IOL >>

Call for urgent investigation into Milnerton Lagoon 'sewage spill' IOL >> 

City of Cape Town falling short of directive to clean up Milnerton Lagoon Ground Up >>

Polluted Milnerton lagoon “particularly disgusting” Ground Up >>

Enough is enough on Milnerton pollution OUTA >>

Contaminated Joe Slovo stormwater continues to pour into Milnerton Lagoon CapeTalk>>

OUTA: ‘City is responsible for sewage polluting Milnerton lagoon’ Infrastructure News >>

City of Cape Town pollutes its own nature reserve, monthly water tests reveal News24 >>

We won't take this sh!t anymore, says Milnerton Magster >>

Green Scorpions order City of Cape Town to sort out pollution in Milnerton Lagoon CBN >>

‘Clean the Lagoon now’ Milnerton Central Residents Association (MCRA) Network24 >> 

Milnerton Lagoon | Recent Fish die-off being investigated ( 9 March 2022)


Milnerton Lagoon | Recent fish die-off being investigated (March 2022)
Residents of Milnerton are kicking up a stink because of six long years of sewage problems. Just recently over 500 dead fish washed ashore at the lagoon. Issues with a nearby sewage plant, pump failures and a polluted stormwater system have all contributed to the lagoon being closed for use. The City of Cape Town says it's investigating the matter. Nobesuthu Hejana reports. 

Video Source: ENCA YouTube Channel


Poor Water / Sewage Management into the Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island
Poor Water / Sewage Management into the Diep River Copyright Vernon Chalmers

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