New wastewater facility to bring solutions

2018-05-10 06:01
PHOTO: andile sitholeAt the opening of new waste water treatment plant in Verulam are councillors, representatives from Murray & Roberts, officials from eThekwini Municipality and residents.

PHOTO: andile sitholeAt the opening of new waste water treatment plant in Verulam are councillors, representatives from Murray & Roberts, officials from eThekwini Municipality and residents.

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Jeeten Jaganath said: “We hope the new facility will bring about solutions to the problems that we had in the past.”

Murray & Roberts Water, part of the multi-national Murray & Roberts engineering and construction group, offers the capability and expertise to undertake feasibility studies, design, supply equipment, construct, and commission, operate and maintain water and wastewater treatment plants in Africa.

The company provides complete water treatment solutions with appropriate technology and structured commercial packages to meet client requirements. Head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation Ednick Msweli said that the municipality was impressed with innovative works.

“If it works and if it works here there are opportunities that other municipalities will like the idea and implement it. We are very excited that you chose us [eThekwini Municipality] to try this initiative. According to our Constitution all the citizens are entitled to the basic services like housing, electricity, water and sanitation. This, therefore means that this government we are duly-bound to provide these services to our people. The recent signing on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Murry &
Roberts has provided us with the privilege of sharing knowledge and expertise on matters related to water and sanitation.

“We had the opportunity to be exposed to new innovative models of waste water treatment resource recovery and maintenance, which will put us in a better position to deliver on our mandate of providing water and sanitation and services to our communities. eThekwini Water and Sanitation is considering significant upgrades in construction of new waste water treatment facilities to make future demands of the city,” Msweli said.

Msweli said that due to climate change, the unit in partnership with the private sector is exploring new and innovative solutions to reduce energy consumptions, solid waste and increases efficiencies at the existing treatment facilities.

Msweli said: “eThekwini Municipality is excited about the opening of the Organica water resource because it seeks to address the issues that are directly related to human rights.”

Thokozani Mdluli from Murray & Roberts said that they are at the advanced stage of assisting other clients in Cape Town to alleviate the impact of the water crisis in their businesses.

Mdluli said that localised wastewater treatment specialist Organica brings a highly imaginative approach to wastewater treatment in urban and suburban areas. “Organica’s treatment facilities utilise active biofilms on natural plants and engineered root structures, all housed in a fully-enclosed, odourless facility. The result is a solution which offers 50-75% reduced physical footprint compared to conventional wastewater treatment solutions, with up to 30% reduction in operational costs.”

Ward councillor Johnson Chetty said that residents have been complaining about bad smells coming from the old waste water treatment plant, but it should now be a thing of the past.

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