Westlake River inspection - 08 June 2010.
Martin Thompson organised a visit to Pollsmor Prison which has the Westlake River running through part of its property. The objective is to try and revive and re-establish the communication with the Prison authorities, to continue the monitoring process and to try and implement some pragmatic solutions to keeping the Westlake River in a healthy state. The water quality which arrives in Zandvlei via the Westlake and other rivers should be of an acceptable standard for all living creatures throughout the annual weather and other natural cyclic systems and conditions.
Those present were;
Mr Vos and Mr May - Pollsmor
Looking west towards the
Steenberg Shopping Centre, this is where the
Our group standing on the
pedestian bridge over the river. This view is
The group discussing some of the
issues and going over known and long past
Mr Vos answering some of the
questions which need to be addressed. There was
This building is where all the
fresh produce is washed and cleaned,
Mr May explained how the fields
are composted with on site made organic compost.
The drainage and sewerage systems were discussed in this area.
Then we went to look at the dam. This view looking west towards Constantiaberg.
Looking south towards Steenberg.
There was a large presence of water birds on the dam.
South east towards the dam wall causeway.
Walking along the dam wall to look at the causeway.
A small coffer dam or resevior behind the damwall with the outlet into the Westlake River.
The outlet for the waterflow into
the Westlake River. Mandy is walking below
An easy solution was suggested to
catch all floating debris, litter and other
Then off to look at the sewerage
line which had blocked and overflowed into
This is the cover which popped
open and overflowed, causing a large "donga"
Inside the manhole residue can be seen on the steps, the flow is normal below.
The pathway and entry point into
the dam where a large amount of untreated
The next inspection cover was
opened, everything back to normal. Tell tale
Then we went to look at the
stormwater outlet from the Westlake industrial area,
There is evidence of oils (possibly motor car or others) and litter from this source as well.
James and Mandy discussing the
alien / invassive vegetation in the
This is a small house with a
separator grid to catch solids before entering
New building is in progress to
improve the sewerage lines also incorporating
The group discussing and commenting on the design of the new works.
We thank the Prison and City
officials for making
time available and for the cordial information exchange.