MEC launches new water purification plant

2016-08-03 06:00
 Photo: makhosandile zulu Sembcorp Siza Water’s Dr Mdu Gama, managing director Shyam Misra, KZN MEC for COGTA Nomusa Dube-Ncube, iLembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe and Sembcorp Siza Water’s Dr Aubrey Mokoape at the launch of the new water purification plant.

Photo: makhosandile zulu Sembcorp Siza Water’s Dr Mdu Gama, managing director Shyam Misra, KZN MEC for COGTA Nomusa Dube-Ncube, iLembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe and Sembcorp Siza Water’s Dr Aubrey Mokoape at the launch of the new water purification plant.

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KZN MEC for Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube along with iLembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe and managing director of Sembcorp Siza Water Shyam Misra launched a new water purification plant last Thursday.

In the wake of the ongoing drought, Dube-Ncube has welcomed the plant, adding that the recent rains and the commissioning of the plant do not mean that communities are past the difficulties caused by the drought.

She said such infrastructure is costly and complex to setup and operate, however, the benefits out weigh the costs incurred.

Dube-Ncube said millions of residents within the province generate waste which has dangerous effects on water sources hence attention must be given to the recycling of water.

She said purification is necessary to ensure a sustainable supply of water for social and economic development, adding that government is committed to working with Sembcorp and other stakeholders to ensure water sources and supply is sustainable.

The MEC said educating the public about water preservation would go a long way in terms of reducing the amount that is consumed.

Misra said Sembcorp has drilled several boreholes which are monitored for compliance to help ease the effects the drought has caused.

He said the new purification plant would produce three million litres per day.

Misra said on Thursday the Hazelmere Dam had reached 50% thanks to the rains that fell recently.

He said as of the beginning of the week starting 1 August 2016, restrictions would be reduced by 20% for domestic users and by 10% for commercial users.

Misra said the plant and its network cost R15 million and that recycled water has already been blended into the existing potable supply.

Mdabe commended Sembcorp for its efforts of ensuring water supply is sustained as this helps ease concern.

He said the municipality has spent almost R180 million drilling boreholes and using water tankers to supply water to communities, and that had this persisted without any rain, the municipality’s funds would have been depleted by the end of August.

With regards to the flash floods experienced last week, Dube-Ncube said it is imperative that drainage of storm water be looked at, adding that in some parts, the floods occurred because members of the community have tampered with drainage systems.

She said it is also important that ways to harvest storm water are conceived and implemented.

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