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Tip of the week: Sea level homes set for big stink

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If you are thinking of moving to anywhere else in our city, think of looking for a house a fair bit higher than sea level.

A little tongue-in-cheek and from left field: If you are thinking of moving to anywhere else in our city, think of looking for a house a
fair bit higher than sea level. 

I have realised this week that living right down at sea level means we will bear the brunt of the water
shortage. As the sewerage system runs drier (less flushing), blockages start, and the lower they are, the shallower the angle. 
Without going into too much gory detail, our little enclave in Lakeside has had three sewerage overflows in the past week. Apart
from the mess, the smell was gruesome. 
To make matters worse, the council arrived to clean up and washed the raw sewage into the
stormwater drain. An hour later it was floating on the surface of Zandvlei. 
If you live well above sea level you might expect a drop in water pressure, but everything else should flow a little easier. I’ve decided every drop of collected grey water or excess from the borehole is going to go down the sewers to keep the flow going.

*Handy Mac, aka Don MacAlister, is our expert on household DIY issues. If you have a question for him, please send it to don@macalister.co.za or SMS only to 082 446 3859. Find Don on FB: facebook.com/thehandymac

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