Project a solution to water crisis

2018-06-20 06:01
These elevated galvanised steel tanks were installed during the second phase of the Bulk Water Scheme in the town of Ritchie. Photos: Boipelo Mere

These elevated galvanised steel tanks were installed during the second phase of the Bulk Water Scheme in the town of Ritchie. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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Water shortage is now a thing of the past for the small town of Ritchie, thanks to the new Bulk Water Scheme (BWS) worth R6,6 million.

This project by Majegu Consulting is funded by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), Sedibeng Water and the District Municipality.

It is set to be completed by the end of June, and will benefit residents in Ritchie, Motswedimosa, Modderrivier and Rietvale.

that is 80 percent complete and will be completed end of June.

The project was launched after approximately 1 118 sites were found to be without basic water and sanitation services.

Makone Consulting Engineers, community leaders and several suppliers took note of the crisis and became involved in the project.

According to the department, additional water requirements put a lot of pressure on existing infrastructure, hence the urgent need for upgrades and expansion.

Residents were assured was given that the project should be able to sustain the Ritchie area and provide a solution to water and sanitation concerns until 2035.

The project is also expected to play a significant role in the Bucket Eradication Programme (BEP) which is in the process of being rolled out.

The city engineer of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, Motale Selesho, led a media tour through the project site on Thursday (14/06).

He said an elevated galvanised steel tank (EGST) of 1 525 kilo­litres had to be constructed on a stand of 20 m high.

An additional EGST of 1 743 kilolitres was also constructed on a stand.

9 x No off Electrical-driven water pumps and associated electrical requirements, as well as a 2.1 Mlground reservoir, were also among the requirements,” Selesho said.

All associated appetences’ included specials, fittings, valve chambers and manholes.

According to him, phase one included the construction of a uPVC rising main of 315 mm with a length of 1,825 km and the installation of two submersible pumps.

Associated electrical and electronic requirements were also addressed without hassle.

  • Phase two included the construction of the EGST’s.

It further comprised the installation of the electrical-driven water pumps and associated electrical requirements/upgrades, and in addition the and the ground reservoir.

Although the targeted period of completion was in April, one challenge caused the delay in the targeted completion period, which was in April,.

At the beginning of the project, they had to reroute the main to avoid a hard rock they encountered while digging trenches.

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