Schemes to tackle KZN water woes

2012-12-13 00:00

UMGENI Water yesterday moved a step closer in its drive to ensure a steady supply of drinkable water to benefit more than 90 000 people in the province.

The organisation, with Water Affairs, uMgungundlovu District Municipality, Mkhambathini (Camperdown) Local Municipality and Richmond Local Municipality, launched the construction of the greater Eston bulk water supply scheme and the Richmond Bulk water supply pipeline.

The scheme will cost about R350 million to complete.

uMgungundlovu Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said it was unacceptable that some people in the district remained without potable water and the aim was to make sure it was supplied to all the residents of the district by at least 2014.

The greater Eston project will be constructed in five phases, comprising a reservoir for reticulation, a bulk storage reservoir, pump stations and vast networks of pipeline. It is expected that when the project is commissioned next year, it will serve four wards in Mkhambathini and Richmond.

The Richmond pipeline is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2014.

Umgeni Water CEO Cyril Gamede said that for thousands of people in KwaZulu-Natal “their sources of supply are rivers and streams and troughs from which cattle drink water; this cannot be allowed to continue”.

Board chairperson Andile Mahlalutye said the projects “will enhance the quality of life of almost 91 000 people collectively”.

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