Earlier this week, the Daily Dispatch reported Buntingville residents fell sick from drinking water drawn from the Chumngce River which runs below Ndamase Senior Secondary School.
The residents also showed a Dispatch team an overflowing sewerage station at the school which pumped raw sewage directly into the river.
When contacted on Friday, Eastern Cape provincial education authorities indicated they had already appointed a team to fix the problem at Ndamase.
Provincial education spokesperson, Malibongwe Mtima, said the problem lay with the pumps that pump raw effluent into a septic tank.
“When it [septic tank] is full, they shut down, and that leads to the system clogging up.
“But a contractor is already attending to that,” he said.