Ugu Municipality to build reservoir

2015-05-21 06:00
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THE municipality has tuned the soil for the new bulk water­ supply for Gamalakhe residents.

On Friday Ugu District Municipality Mayor Ntombifikile Gumede and Exco members and municipality officials told the Gamalakhe community that a new reservoir and pump station is to be built in their area.

The mayor said that three projects will ensure there is no shortage of water.

Previously Gamalakhe residents had experienced water shortages from the early hours of the morning lasting until midnight on some days.

“Today is the day that many community members have been waiting for as many of the areas of Gamalakhe do not have water and in some areas they have problems,” said Gumede.

The municipality is aware of the shortages and believes the projects will be the solution to their water problems.

Gumede said the challenge is the growth in the number of households in their area which puts pressure on the water supply coming from the Bhobhoyi water station.

The mayor said the Bhobhoyi power station is currently being upgraded to ensure that all the communities receive water.

Three projects will be constructed in Gamalakhe as pipes are being installed from Bhobhoyi to the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre outside Gamalakhe.

“Pipes have been installed from the main supply in Bhobhoyi to the sports and leisure centre. These are new pipes. We won’t be using the old pipes to ensure there are no more breakages. We will be using dilator pipes which are bigger pipes that can carry large amounts of water. The project was awarded to Pilcon Projects amounting to nearly R21 000 000,

The second project that will start once the pipes have been installed will be the building of a pump station in Gamalakhe worth nearly R80 000 000 and a modernised water reservoir worth R46 000.

The mayor said she won’t name the awarded contractors for the two projects as disputes may arise between the contesting construction companies.

Gumede said the projects will be monitored by Ziyanda Consultants to ensure that the work being done is of a high quality.

The mayor ensured job creation upon the start of these projects.

“Buntu Social consultants will be the company responsible for employing people for these projects. The companies have promised us to employ the young and the old male and female employees and the disabled,” said Gumede.

The mayor urged the community to watch out for vandalism and the theft of construction material.

She asked the people to bear in mind that the projects belong to them as they will benefit as residents of Gamalakhe

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