Budget priority: Water and Waste

2019-04-30 06:01
Budget allocation will be used to maintain infrastructure among other things.

Budget allocation will be used to maintain infrastructure among other things.

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The Water and Waste Directorate, which includes the departments of water and sanitation as well as solid waste, has been allocated a significant portion of the City of Cape Town’s proposed Capital Budget for the 2019/20 financial year.

The City’s R49bn draft budget for the next financial year is available for public comment.

An amount of R8.3bn has been earmarked, within the draft budget, for capital expenditure (Capex) across all directorates.

The City of Cape Town’s extensive water, sanitation and solid waste network is made up of 11 000km of water pipeline serving about 660 000 water connections, 12 water treatment plants, a sewerage network of 9 300km of sewer pipeline, more than 200 000 manholes, 400 pump stations, 27 wastewater treatment plants, 2 400 kilometres of rivers, streams and canals, 24 waste drop-off facilities and three landfill sites.

In a statement last week, the City of Cape Town said the allocation will help the directorate to deliver new water and sanitation infrastructure in line with the water strategy and either upgrade, or replace ageing infrastructure, among various other projects for the year.

A total of R4 has been earmarked for the Water and Waste Directorate to meet its capital expenditure commitments in the 2019/20 financial year.

Other projects include:

.R1.4bn for the provision of bulk water infrastructure, which forms part of the New Water Programme as outlined in the Draft Water Strategy;

. R1.1bn for the extensions and upgrades of wastewater treatment works;

. R544m for various reticulation projects to extend, upgrade and replace part of the City’s widespread reticulation network. This includes R56m to provide a main water supply to the south and eastern side of Khayelitsha, serving Enkanini, Kuyasa and Endlovini informal settlements;

. R135m for the airspace development and landfill gas infrastructure at Vissershok and Coastal Park.

Mayco member for water and waste Xanthea Limberg says the extent of the City’s water, sanitation and solid waste infrastructure is staggering.

“The length of the water pipeline is equal in distance to that between Cape Town and Melbourne, Australia. The directorate is responsible for managing and maintaining many thousands of kilometres of water and waste infrastructure at an optimum level,” she says.

The major extensions and upgrades of some of the water and waste water treatment works are in the pipeline.

The expansion and upgrades of the water and sanitation infrastructure are in line with the master plan to address urbanisation, densification and developments.

Limberg says: “Additionally, existing ageing infrastructure needs to be well maintained to ensure stability, in terms of service delivery as well as maintaining service levels.

“On a daily basis, teams on the ground respond to more than 1 000 services requests. Part of the proposed budget allocation will be invested in diversifying water sources to ensure water security and resilience to climate change impacts of uncertain rainfall and droughts in the future.”

The Water and Waste Directorate, which includes the departments of water and sanitation as well as solid waste, has been allocated a significant portion of the City of Cape Town’s proposed Capital Budget for the 2019/20 financial year.

The City’s R49bn draft budget for the next financial year is available for public comment.

An amount of R8.3bn has been earmarked, within the draft budget, for capital expenditure (Capex) across all directorates.The City’s extensive water, sanitation and solid waste network is made up of 11 000km of water pipeline serving about 660 000 water connections, 12 water treatment plants, a sewerage network of 9 300km of sewer pipeline, more than 200 000 manholes, there are 400 pump stations, 27 wastewater treatment plants, 2 400 kilometres of rivers, streams and canals, 24 waste drop-off facilities and three landfill sites.

In a statement last week, the City of Cape Town said the allocation will help the directorate to deliver new water and sanitation infrastructure in line with the water strategy and either upgrade, or replace ageing infrastructure, among various other projects for the year.

A total of R4 has been earmarked for the Water and Waste Directorate to meet its capital expenditure commitments in the 2019/20 financial year.

.R1.4bn for the provision of bulk water infrastructure, which forms part of the New Water Programme as outlined in the Draft Water Strategy;

. R1.1bn for the extensions and upgrades of wastewater treatment works;

. R544m for various reticulation projects to extend, upgrade and replace part of the City’s widespread reticulation network. This includes R56m to provide a main water supply to the south and eastern side of Khayelitsha, serving Enkanini, Kuyasa and Endlovini informal settlements;

. R135m for the airspace development and landfill gas infrastructure at Vissershok and Coastal Park.

Mayco member for water and waste Xanthea Limberg says the extent of the City’s water, sanitation and solid waste infrastructure is staggering.

“The length of the water pipeline is equal in distance to that between Cape Town and Melbourne, Australia.

“The directorate is responsible for managing and maintaining many thousands of kilometres of water and waste infrastructure at an optimum level,” she says.

The major extensions and upgrades of some of the water and waste water treatment works are in the pipeline.

The expansion and upgrades of the water and sanitation infrastructure are in line with the master plan to address urbanisation, densification and developments.

Limberg says: “Additionally, existing ageing infrastructure needs to be well maintained to ensure stability, in terms of service delivery as well as maintaining service levels. “On a daily basis, teams on the ground respond to more than 1 000 services requests. Part of the proposed budget allocation will be invested in diversifying water sources to ensure water security and resilience to climate change impacts of uncertain rainfall and droughts in the future.”

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