Sewer tanks to be flushed out

2016-03-03 06:00

SMELLY and leaking sewer tanks will soon be flushed down the toilet.

The Kouga Municipality embarked on a R6.1 million project that will see the phasing out of the sewer tanks still in use by Wavecrest residents and businesses.

According to municipal spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, there are about 600 houses in the whole of Wavecrest that still make use of sewer tanks.

“The current project – worth R6,1 million over two years – will see about 100 of these houses connected to the waterborne sewer system. This means they will no longer be reliant on suction tankers,” says Randall.

“The procurement project is being fina-lised – the project went on tender last year and is already in an advanced stage with the bid committees.”

According to Randall, work will commence as soon as the service provider has been appointed.

“Some R2.5 million will be funded from the current budget. The work will continue in the new financial year subject to Council approving the remainder of the budget required.”

  • Apart from the state-of-the-art R42 million waste water treatment works, the municipality also upgraded four sewer pump stations at a cost of R17.5 million in the previous financial, and another five are currently being upgraded and fitted with generators at a cost of R7.3 million.

Other towns were not neglected. Some R3.4 million was used to connect the last 87 houses to the waterborne sewer system in Thornhill.

The waste water treatment works at Hankey were upgraded to the tune of R6.9 million, while those of Weston were upgraded at a cost of R14.2 million. A new R4.7 million sewer pump station was also built in Weston.

The waste water treatment works at Patensie are being upgraded at a cost of R5.6 million, while a new pump station and other bulk sewer requirements to the tune of R20 million are being put in place. Some R12.8 million will also be used to replace digesters at Patensie and link the houses to the waterborne sewer system.

Other projects saw the completion of the Kruisfontein outfall sewer (R8 million), and the fencing of the KwaNomzamo Waste Water Treatment Works (R2 million). The upgrade of the waste treatment works at Kruisfontein are currently underway at a cost of R60 million over a period of three years.

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