Three-year deadline for aqueduct

2013-09-04 00:00

THE Western Aqueduct pipeline that is intended to provide water to the rapidly growing areas in the west and north of Durban is expected to be completed in the next three years.

Head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS), Neil Macleod said this much-needed project is expected to strengthen the capacity of bulk water supply to the western regions like Kloof, Pinetown and Hillcrest.

Macleod said the project would also supply water to economic development nodes such as the Dube Tradeport, to housing developments and rural communities.

“As you know, there was a delay in the commencement of the second phase of the project because of legal appeals and so work was delayed for longer than expected,” he said.

According to Macleod, approximately R150 million has been spent to date out of a total budget of more than R1 billion for the project, which is expected to be completed in 2016.

The installation of the water main was undertaken by private contractors, who Macleod said would be responsible for the employment of many people. However, Macleod could not quantify exactly how many new jobs have been created in the city since the project started.

Macleod said there are pipes stored in various pipe yards from Inchanga to New Germany, and they were bought by council for use by the contractors, who will now install them.

Once completed, the project is expected to supply an estimated 400 million litres of water a day to the various areas.

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