More sewer upgrades for Jeffreys Bay

2015-07-16 12:49

KOUGA Municipality is surging ahead with its programme to reduce sewe-rage spills at Jeffreys Bay, with five more pump stations set to be upgraded over the next year.

A tender notice for the upgrades was advertised earlier this month. A compulsory clarification meeting for prospective contractors will take place on Monday, with the closing date for the tenders set at August 7, 2015.

In terms of the tender document the target stations are 4A, in Koraal Street near the Jeffreys Bay High School, and 4B, on the outskirts of town. Also on the list are the Sandkasteel pump station at Diaz Road, the Cormorant pump station near the Marina Marti-nique and the Melkhout pump station in Kabeljous.

Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas said the upgrades were necessary because of the expansion of the population and the ongoing risk of loadshedding.

“We promised in the State of the Municipa-lity Address that we would put measures in place to reduce the risk of sewerage spills linked to interruptions in the electrical supply. The upgrades will, therefore, include the installation of standby generators so as to ensure that these stations continue operating even when there is loadshedding or other breaks in the electrical supply,” she said.

The upgrades will also include the fencing of the pump station sites at Koraal Street, 4B and Cormorant.

Additional pumps will be installed at the Koraal Street and 4B pump stations so as to increase the capacity of the stations.

“These two pump stations are critical to the Jeffreys Bay sewerage system. They are two of the largest pump stations, serving between 70% and 80% of the town’s population, and pump bulk sewerage towards the waste water treatment works,” the Mayor said.

“The pump stations can no longer accommodate the large inflow experienced, especially during the holiday season. An additio-nal pump will, therefore, be installed at Koraal Street while two more pumps will be installed at 4B.”

Kouga Municipality has been improving the sewerage system of Jeffreys Bay syste-matically over the past few years.

The Jeffreys Bay Waste Water Treatment Works was officially unveiled last year after it was upgraded at a cost of more than R40-million. It is widely recognised as one of the most advanced waste water treatment works in the country.

The municipality further upgraded four pump stations at a cost of R17,5-million in the 2014/2015 financial year. The stations were Apiesdraai on the Aston Bay Road, La Mer at the main beachfront, and two smaller stations at Duine Road, Pellsrus

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