Challenges slow project down

2019-10-09 06:00

The Department of Water and Sanitation is faced with the challenge of the pending bulk sewer construction in the Free State to advance the Bucket Eradication Project.

In addition, toilets have to be connected to sewer lines.

According to Dr Tshidiso Ntili, provincial manager of the department, sewerage infrastructure will be installed in Ficksburg, Senekal, Clocolan, Arlington, Petrus Steyn and Reitz to advance the project.

He said the construction of a sewer in Dealesville is planned for the final stage.

Ntili said the water service authority intervened through the Water Supply Infrastructure Grant for funding of the construction of bulk sewers.

According to him, insufficient water supply remains a serious challenge to the eradication of the bucket system.

He said approximately 10 202 toilets are unable to flush due to the insufficient water supply caused by the pending construction of bulk sewer.

To date, about 22 194 buckets have been replaced since the implementation of the eradication project in 2013. Of these, 11 992 have been replaced with flushing toilets.

The Bucket Eradication Project is implemented in several towns in the Matjhabeng, Phumelela, Setsotso, Ngwathe, Naledi, Mohokare, Nketoana and Kopanong local municipalities, as well as the Mangaung Metro.

According to Ntili, large strides have been made in Virginia and Hennenman (Matjhabeng), where 1 055 buckets and 568 buckets respectively have been replaced with flushing toilets.

In Memel (Phumelela Municipality), 373 buckets have been replaced with flushing toilets.

The department has eradicated 820 buckets in Lindley, and 583 in Marquard.

Although 218 toilets in Ficksburg are unable to flush due to a lack of water supply, Ntili said significant progress has been made in that 1 251 buckets have been replaced.

“The Water Services Authority developed two business plans for the conversion of the Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) to waterborne toilets through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant,” said Ntili.

“Approximately 500 VIP toilets still need to be converted into waterborne toilets. A contractor is working on the connection.”

He said the department has completed the construction of 554 toilets in Vredefort (Ngwathe Municipality) and 55 in Rouxville (Mohokare Municipality), adding that they were flushing.

Altogether 188 flushing toilets were constructed in Theunissen, 962 in Hertzogville, 302 in Boshoff, 243 in Reddersburg, 33 in Fauresmith, 404 in Cornelia, 252 in Tweeling, 1 150 in Villiers and 1 915 in Frankfort.

According to Ntili, residents of Dewetsdorp were supplied with an elevated tank of water. This needs to be connected to 191 flushing toilets said in Dewetsdorp, under the Naledi Local Municipality part of the Mangaung Metro, residents were supplied.

“Bloemwater is implementing a parallel line to augment water supply in the area.”

insufficient water supply remains a serious challenge to the eradication of the bucket system.– Dr Tshidiso Ntili

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