Umgeni Water explains its ‘boulder catching’ fence

2009-09-07 00:00

IF you’ve wondered about the big fence that’s gone up along Old Howick Road, it’s there to stop rocks falling on your car while Umgeni Water lays a water pipeline.

Shami Harichunder, Umgeni’s corporate stakeholder manager, said they are busy installing a large diameter water pipeline 10 to 30 metres away from the road’s edge, parallel to the road.

The fence will help prevent boulders removed from the trench during construction from rolling on to the road.

“The total length affected will be 820 metres and the fence will remain in place until the area has been rehabilitated.”

Harichunder said this section of the project will last until March next year, then the fence will be dismantled.

“The fence on the uphill side has been put in to prevent wild animals from being trapped in the trench and to stop the construction operation from affecting the grassland,” he added.

According to Harichunder, Umgeni Water needed to increase their water supply to Durban and Msunduzi municipalities by 102 litres per second, via the World’s View Reservoir.

The new 900 mm pipeline will follow the route of the existing pipeline from the D.V. Harris water treatment works up to Queen Elizabeth Park, through the Victory Country Club and run under the N3 and R103, currently being pipe jacked.

This will culminate in the total length of the pipeline to be laid under this contract being 5 775 metres once the pipeline links up with existing supply line in Umlaas Road.

“The estimated cost of laying the pipeline is R61 million. The associated costs of the supply of the pipe materials and the cost of installing the pipe jacks under the N3 and R103 come to an additional R31 million,” Harichunder explained.

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