R1,3?bln bulk water pipeline for uMshwati

2014-04-17 00:00

AN ambitious bulk regional water pipeline costing R1,3 billion is set to end water challenges in the uMshwathi Municipality.

Phase one of the project has already started, with uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM), Umgeni Water and the Department of Water Affairs committing to complete it within three years.

The three entities pledged to work together to sort out water problems in New Hanover, Wartburg and surrounding areas during a visit on Tuesday by the Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi.

She was there to look at the water supply interruptions in the area and the emergency measures that have been put in place to alleviate the situation.

She said while this was a long-term project, a short-term plan was needed to ensure people in those areas had a clean water supply.

Head of technical services at UMDM, Bheki Mbambo, told the deputy minister that the municipality had approved R193 million towards the bulk regional project. Mbambo said this project had already started but in the interim they were providing water tankers, Jojo tanks and boreholes to the affected communities.

He said Umgeni Water had also set aside R256 million towards the bulk water pipeline project, which will be completed in 2018. He said phase one entails the construction of a 27 km long pipeline from Claridge reservoir to Wartburg reservoir, including a booster station, and a reservoir at Wartburg. He said phase two would be the construction of a 16,2 km long pipeline from Wartburg reservoir to Dalton reservoir, a booster pump station and a reservoir at Dalton.

“Phase three entails the construction of a 15,2 km long pipeline from Dalton to an existing reservoir at Ozwathini, including a booster pump station. There will also be a 14,5 km long pipeline branching off at Fawn Leas to an existing reservoir at Nadi, including a booster pump station,” said Mbambo.

Mabudafhasi was told that her provincial department had committed around R310 million towards the project and the money will be released in stages.

She was also told the clinic, which appeared on Carte Blanche for failing to serve the community because of water problems, was operational again after measures had been put in place.

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