15 September 2023

Water / Sewage Management Progress Milnerton Lagoon

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

2022 / 2023 Latest Updates of Media Coverage on the Current Sewage Situation in Milnerton

Milnerton Wastewater Management Progress : 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... 

Water / Sewage Management Progress Milnerton Lagoon
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 >>

Water Stories Cape Town Waste Water >>

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

2023 Sewage / Pollution Situation : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island

Activists applaud Milnerton Bulk Sewer upgrade Tyger Burger

Construction begins to upgrade Potsdam Wastewater Treatment Works Tyger Burger

Milnerton Lagoon Update: Cape Town takes bold steps toward restoration Politely

City of Cape Town finally launches project to restore heavily polluted Milnerton Lagoon environment Daily Maverick

Glorious morning along the Diep River, Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography

Beaches cleaned: Cross-country campaign to end soon Tyger Burger

Coast to Coast beach clean-up kicks off in Milnerton Tyger Burger

R1,2bn for Upgrades: City of Cape Town’s budget caters for better beach facilities and vleis Tygerburger >>

Lack of clean-up crews cited for increased piles of waste washing ashore popular Cape Town beaches Tygerburger >>

Piles of waste wash out on Cape beaches after recent rains IOL >>

Astron spill causes havoc: Birds and other wildlife affected (towards Woodbridge Island) News 24 >>

Lagoon progress ‘slow’: City of Cape Town engage with public at stakeholders meeting News24 >>

Residents raise alarm on health risks of Milnerton environment IOL >>

Milnerton Lagoon Update: Steady progress on Potsdam underway DA Western Cape >>

Milnerton / Table View : Path cleared for sewage plant upgrade Tabletalk >>

Milnerton Lagoon stench: City makes progress as tender appeals dismissed News24

Milnerton Lagoon still closed as more tests detect high levels of e.Coli News24

Restoring wetlands critical for biodiversity and sustainable development News24

City of Cape Town lambasted for load shedding blame game IOL >>

2022 Sewage / Pollution Situation : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island

Festive bathers poo-poo Cape Town's Lagoon Beach sewage warnings News24 >>

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 >>

Cape Town - The situation at the Milnerton Lagoon has worsened again. IOL >>

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 >>

Drought, Water Management, and Social Equity: Analysing Cape Town, South Africa's Water Crisis Frontiers

2021 (and earlier) Sewage / Pollution Situation : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island

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) : Video

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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