The Tswelopele Bulk Water Project, which commenced in July last year, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.The cost of the project is R24 million and it is funded by the Tswelopele Local Municipality and the Department of Water and Sanitation.Sputnik Ratau, spokesperson of the department, said work entails the construction of 250 mm uPVC, the extension of the pump house, the installation of two pumps, the modification and connection to pipelines, as well as electrical work. He said work also includes pump installation in Bultfontein. “The water project will mainly benefit communities of Bultfontein and Hoopstad. When the project started, the aim was to upgrade bulk water pipelines in Bultfontein and Hoopstad as part of the broader scope of upgrading the bulk water services for the Tswelopele Local Municipality. “The project is already benefiting some community members in the form of some job opportunities,” said Ratau.He said in Hoopstad the project entails the construction of 250 mm uPVC, the installation of a generator at the water treatment plant, the installation of a generator at the abstraction tower and the installation of a generator at the Hoopstad elevated tower (1961 reservoir). “Upon completion of the project, the upgraded pump stations will cater for the existing and future population in Bultfontein and Hoopstad towns until 2030,” he said. Ratau said the department and the municipality were committed to ensuring that the provision of basic services to the communities remains a priority.