Project to solve water issues

2019-05-08 06:01
Deputy minister Pam Tshwete (left) cuts the ribbon to officially launch the Clear Water Pipeline Project in Rosendal on Friday (03/05). With her is Modiehi Sempe, member of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality’s mayoral committee at the official opening of the Dihlabeng Bulk Water Supply Scheme in Rosendal on Friday (3 May).Photo: Supplied

Deputy minister Pam Tshwete (left) cuts the ribbon to officially launch the Clear Water Pipeline Project in Rosendal on Friday (03/05). With her is Modiehi Sempe, member of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality’s mayoral committee at the official opening of the Dihlabeng Bulk Water Supply Scheme in Rosendal on Friday (3 May).Photo: Supplied

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The Department of Water and Sanitation has taken the initiative to address the supply of fresh drinking water to four towns in the Eastern Free State.

This was made possible with the launch of the Clear Water Pipeline Project in Rosendal, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality.

The project aims to improve the sanitation of water in Fouriesburg, Paul Roux, Rosendal and Bethlehem, and alleviate the water supply challenges the residents of these towns have to contend with.

Residents of Paul Roux have been living off groundwater abstracted from five boreholes in the vicinity of the town.

The deputy minister of Water and Sanitation, Pamela Tshwete, officially launched the project on Friday, (03/05). This water initiative will reportedly serve 18 092 households in the four towns.

The project was divided into three phases, first of which included the construction of appurtenant works from the Bethlehem Water Treatment Works (WTW) to Paul Roux.

A new booster pump station at the Mooivlei pressure break tank was the second phase. Phase three included the construction of water pipelines and appurtenant works from the Bethlehem WTW to Fouriesburg, including the township of Mashaeng.

According to Tshwete, the water supply scheme pipeline construction from Paul Roux to Rosendal cost R59 million.

“The project was completed in May 2018, and 41 local labour jobs were created. The Dihlabeng Bulk Water Supply Scheme is now implemented to ensure a sustainable and long-term solution for the water supply problems that have been experienced in the Fouriesburg, Paul Roux, Rosendal and Bethlehem areas,” Tshwete said.

“I urge the municipality to budget for the proper operation and maintenance of this project, as that is the only way it can service the people of Dihlabeng for many years to come.

“It is more cost-effective to maintain the infrastructure we have than to construct a new one every few years. The other advantage is that it will ensure a consistent water supply to the people,” said Tshwete.

“Security of the project is important to protect the infrastructure from the bad culture of vandalism.”

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