Blockage is no sweat with sewer upgrade

2015-10-20 06:00

The second phase of the R280m upgrade of the third Cape Flats bulk sewer (CF3) will start in Rylands next week.

The City of Cape Town states that the contractor will be setting up its site office near Yusuf Gool Boulevard in Rylands, before commencing with test holes along the proposed pipe route.

The CF3 serves about 350 000 residents in Bonteheuwel, Heideveld, Manenberg, Gugulethu and Nyanga. It is a critical component of the City’s sewer network.

The construction of the second phase of the CF3, and the extra capacity this will provide, will allow the City to periodically decommission other sewer infrastructure in the area for maintenance and rehabilitation during problems such as blockages.

“The City is pleased that the project can now proceed. It will ensure that we have sufficient capacity in our sewer network to limit the impact of blockages,” says Ernest Sonnenberg, mayoral committee member for utility services.

“I would also like to call upon our residents to refrain from disposing of items into their sinks and toilets that could block up the network. Common causes of blockages are rags and cooking fat or grease. We need the cooperation of residents to ensure that unpleasant surcharges as a result of blockages are minimised.”

Aecom was appointed as the consulting engineer and CSV Construction was appointed as the engineering contractor for the project. They established the pipeline route for phase two of the CF3 in consultation with various City departments, stakeholders and the public.

The project, which will be completed by the end of 2017, forms part of the City’s sanitation plan.

The second phase of the CF3 will be constructed below the ground, says the City, with the greater part being situated close to or within existing roads.

The least disruptive route for the local community and motorists passing through the affected areas has been chosen for this construction. In addition, new construction technologies that do not require the digging of trenches are being used to limit the disturbance of construction work.

The City states that notices of road closures and construction activities which could affect certain areas will be communicated to the public on a continual basis throughout the project. Property owners, pedestrians and traffic flow will be accommodated as best as possible.


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