New pipeline to end Ballito water woes

2012-12-05 00:00

UMGENI Water has constructed a R55 million water pipeline to ensure a steady supply of water to the Ballito area this holiday season.

The construction is among several contingencies that Umgeni Water and its partners in iLembe District Municipality have put in place to ensure that the tourist destination is not affected by water shortages.

Ballito and other surrounding areas experienced chronic water shortages during the summer holidays last year. This resulted in households and businesses being without water for prolonged periods, mainly in the evenings.

The supply failures were caused by unprecedented increases in demand, said Umgeni Water.

Umgeni Water’s corporate stakeholder manager, Shami Harichunder, said yesterday that the measure had been adopted as part of the operational plan for the present and future holiday seasons when water is in peak demand.

He said the 10,4 kilometre pipeline, from the Hazelmere waterworks to the La Mercy bifurcation near the toll plaza on the N2, will augment supply to the Avondale reservoir that supplies Ballito.

Construction of the pipeline has taken 10 months, and the estimated cost to date is

R55 million.

“This project is 99% complete, with testing and commissioning remaining as the last of the outstanding work. The pipeline will be commissioned within the week,” Harichunder said, in time to meet increased water demand from holidaymakers.

Harichunder said another contingency was that Umgeni Water operations and maintenance staff in the northern area would remain on duty during the holiday season.

An additional backup pump has been installed to provide dedicated feed to the Avondale reservoir.

Standby generators have also been installed to provide back-up power supply when electricity outages occur.

— Witness Reporter.

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