Boon for Kloof residents

2013-09-11 00:00

DETOURS and intricate construction demands might soon be a thing of the past in Kloof, where the new inlet pipe that transfers water from the main line to the Jerome Drive reservoir is well on track for completion before year end.

Spokesperson for eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) Andrew Copley said that between 60 and 70% of the work on the pipeline replacement had already been completed.

Construction began in June and the new pipeline is expected to be commissioned in December this year. The contractor will leave site in January 2014 in time for the beginning of the new school year.

The new pipe — which is 300 mm in diameter and covers a stretch measuring 1,5 km — crosses the M13 from Old Main Road in front of the Standard Bank in Village Road and continues down St Mary’s Road past the St Mary’s DSG. It then takes a left turn into Edgecliff Road before passing through a servitude into Jerome Place and ending in the Jerome Drive reservoir complex.

At the beginning of the year, EWS decided to lay a completely new pipe as continual repairs would not only be costly, but cause considerable inconvenience. Replacement of aging water infrastructure is also imperative to minimise leaks and so preserve water resources.

Copley said that, given the fact that this was a busy thoroughfare traversed by up to 1 000 cars each day, the logistics surrounding the project had been considerable.

To minimise inconvenience to all affected and especially to parents, pupils and staff at St Mary’s DSG, it had been decided that no work would be done on the new pipeline before 8 am.

Detours are put in place throughout the day to ensure that traffic flows continually.

“Everything has been running smoothly. The contractor has been working closely with the community, keeping everyone updated on the progress. Effective traffic plans have helped and the parents of children attending the school are kept informed before any work commences,” Copley said.

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