Water and sanitation progress highlighted

2015-11-27 06:00
At the Ngudwini Dam during the media tour last Friday (from left) Harry Gwala District Municipality Deputy Mayor Ntuseng Duma, Harry Gwala Director for Infrastructure Bheki Makwakwa and Harry Gwala District Municipality spokesperson Ndabezitha Tenza.

At the Ngudwini Dam during the media tour last Friday (from left) Harry Gwala District Municipality Deputy Mayor Ntuseng Duma, Harry Gwala Director for Infrastructure Bheki Makwakwa and Harry Gwala District Municipality spokesperson Ndabezitha Tenza.

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THE Harry Gwala District Municipality hosted a media tour last Friday to highlight the progress of water and sanitation service delivery in the district.

The tour around Bulwer, saw Harry Gwala District Deputy Mayor Ntuseng Duma­, Harry Gwala Director for Water Services­ Bheki Makwakwa, journalists, councillors and officials from Harry Gwala visiting the Greater Bulwer Water Scheme which comprises of three major dams - Ngudwini, Stephen Dlamini and Bulwer.

The scheme will cost the municipality about R1,5 billion when complete.

Profiling Ngudwini Dam Duma said it was established in 1978 by Sappi Saiccor, a company that dissolves wood pulp.

“Sappi opens the dam for community use when there is a drought, like now. We are now working on an agreement with Sappi for us to tap into the dam. We are also planning the augmentation of the dam and installing a pump station on it, which will supply surrounding areas such as Ixopo, Myamaneni, Samini and Mahohoho,” she said.

Director for infrastructure at Harry Gwala Bheki Makwakwa said the municipality­ is applying for a water licence for the dam.

Makwakwa said Stephen Dlamini Dam has helped the Bulwer community a lot.

“The dam supplies 1,5 megalitres a day to the community and assisted a lot because previously Bulwer extracted water from a spring, which was unreliable. The water is now purified here and sent to reservoirs­ that supply taps.”

The proposed Smithfield Dam, to be built by the Department of Water and Sanitation, will supply three district municipalities­ - Umgungundlovu, Harry Gwala and Ugu.

Regarding the drought in KZN, Duma said the municipality has intervened by releasing all seven of its water trucks to areas­ around the district.

“We are doing all we can to intervene during this water crisis. Trucks have been dispatched and are relieving where they are needed most.

“The dams we are constructing will ensure that the district will have a sustainable­ water supply so that we don't find ourselves in a similar situation in the future,” she said.

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