CT clamps down on illegal sewer connections

The city believes that new technology could save up to R36 million annually.

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CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Of Town bosses are clamping down on illegal sewer cross-connections using new smoke technology.

The water and sanitation department has found numerous illegal connections and believes the new technology could save up to R36 million annually.

The department's councilor Ernest Sonnenberg says the new method involves pumping smoke into the local sewerage system to locate illegal connections.

"Now the water and sanitation officials can simply walk down the street and note the locations where there's cross connections based on the plumes of smoke."