Water supply scheme to benefit 100?000 rural people

2011-06-06 00:00

MORE than 100 000 rural people in the Hibiscus Coast and in the Umzumbe Local municipalities stand to benefit from the R200 million Mhlabatshane Regional Water Supply Scheme, which will be completed in April 2012.

The scheme is located on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, stretching for about 50 kilometres inland from the coast at Umzumbe towards Highflats and lies between the Umzumbe and Mzimkhulu Rivers.

Umgeni Water initiated the project which comprises of a 25 metre high composite central concrete spillway and earth embankment dam in Phungashe area.

It also includes a raw water pump station at the dam treatment plant, two five kilometre pipes to carry raw and treated water to the treatment plant and to the communities.

A reservoir is also inclulded.

Work on the project started in May last year and Umgeni Water said that everything was going accorning to plan.

Corporate stakeholder manager, Shami Harichunder, said the project was part of the government’s efforts to provide clean drinking water for the rural people.

“This is one of the biggest investment in water infrastracture in the South Coast area,” he said.

“The total number of beneficiaries is about 102 000 rural people from 10 different traditional areas in the two local municipalities,” he said.

“Water supply in the areas has been a concern as currently the supply is intemmittent,” he said.

“It is true that the people here have no sustainable supply of good quality drinking water because the river here is affected by the weather and climate,” said Harichunder.

He said the quality of water after the completion of the project, will improve and there will be a sufficient and reliable water supply.

“This is a huge step in terms of rural development and local people have been employed, and we view that as a positive spin-off,” Harichunder concluded.


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