No more dirty water from taps

2015-06-02 06:56
Infrastructure portfolio councillor Patrick Kota and DA Ward 8 councillor David Aldendorff are elated with the clean drinking water at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works which supplies water to the residents of Upper Wavecrest.             
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Infrastructure portfolio councillor Patrick Kota and DA Ward 8 councillor David Aldendorff are elated with the clean drinking water at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works which supplies water to the residents of Upper Wavecrest. Phot

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NO more dirty bath water. No more endless cleaning of expensive filters. And no more brown marks on white clothing.

The water coming from taps in the Upper Wavecrest area is set to be clean and free from excessive manganese and iron from now on.

This follows the official launch of a pilot treatment plant at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works on Friday. The treatment plant is set to reduce the iron and mangenese content of the water by means of a biological process - bringing an end to the dirty water coming from residents’ taps.

According to infrastructure portfolio councillor Patrick Kota, the plant is able to treat 14 litres of water per second and the success will be monitored with the anticipation of applying the process on a larger scale at the treatment works in the future.

In addition, due to the increasing demand of water in the area, eleven boreholes were drilled to locate additional water sources. The project furthermore included two boreholes with pumps and all accompanied equipment, as well as the installation of rising main pipelines from the boreholes to the water treatment works an the installation of new security fences.

The project to the tune of R4 million, was funded by the Department of Water and Sanitation.

The pump stations at Apiesdraai and La Mere also received a new lease on life at a combined cost of over R17 million. The projects were funded by the Department of Human Settlements.

“Due to the condition of the existing pump station and the increasing strain on the ageing infrastructure, it was decided to upgrade the Apiesdraai Pump Station at a cost of R14.5 million,” says Kota.

“This project successfully addresses the infrastructure problem in the area, and we are no able to start construction of 3 000 RDP houses in Ocean View.”

During upgrading, 20 local job opportunities were created.

To prevent future sewage spills onto the Main Beach in Jeffreys Bay, the La Mere Pump Station opposite De Viswijf Restaurant underwent a major electromechanical upgrade at a cost of R3 million.

The existing Duineweg and Trevor Manual pump stations situated in Pellsrus, were also upgraded

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