UMDM to take on water projects

2011-10-24 00:00

THE uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM) and Umgeni Water are to embark on several rural water supply projects in areas that have been poorly serviced in the past.

The UMDM executive committee (Exco) was briefed on Thursday on the projects during a presentation on progress on the action plan for improving Blue and Green Drop water supply and quality status in the district.

UMDM technical services head Bheki Mbambo said a bulk water project budgeted at R200 million is planned for uMshwathi and would partly be funded by Umgeni Water.

“The balance of the funding would be sourced from the Bulk Infrastructure Grant from the Department of Water, loans and other grant funding that can be made available,” said Mbambo.

He noted that the project was confirmed by Umgeni Water at a meeting held on August 11.

Mbambo said Umgeni Water indicated that their capital expenditure has been revised to reflect the undertaking of the uMshwathi project as soon as possible.

He said the district also approached Umgeni Water for bulk storage facilities at Swayimane and Umgeni Water has built a R14,97 million 6 000 kl reservoir at Bruyns Hill.

Other areas prioritised by the district are uMngeni, Mpofana, Mkhambathini and Richmond municipalities.

A senior official from Umgeni Water confirmed at the meeting that all these projects are indeed part of their capital expenditure budget plans.

Democratic Alliance councillor Roger Ashe commended the synergy enjoyed by the district with Umgeni Water, enabling these projects. However, he was concerned about the billing system of the municipality.

UMDM municipal manager Sibusiso Khuzwayo said the district is working on measures to improve their collection rate.

“It is work in progress,” said Khuzwayo.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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