Local company gets water reticulation project back on track

2015-06-11 06:00
Before Overland got involved.
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Before Overland got involved. PhotoS: supplied

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THE Overland Group in Marina Beach, has played a leading role in getting the stalled Paterson Bulk Water Supply project in the Eastern Cape back on track. “The provision of water to rural communities is one of the biggest challenges facing South Africa and we are proud to have been directly involved in the project,” said a company spokesperson.

Overland was appointed in February to replace the original service provider. “We were given an extremely tight time schedule and are pleased to report that the project is nearing completion within the allocated time.”

The scope of work included the refurbishment of three bulk water-pump stations, the erection of a new 200 kilolitre water storage facility, related piping as well as an access road to the site. “It is always a challenge taking on a project that requires demolishing condemned structures. In many cases foundations, reinforced concrete platforms and roofing have to be completely rebuilt. “Thankfully, we have the necessary skills and infrastructure to deliver quality work of a highly technical nature within a tight timeline,” said the spokesperson.

Besides the Paterson project, Overland is also involved in a similar, but larger, project at Sterkspruit (Eastern Cape). The Sterkspruit project involves the supply and laying of 8 700 meters of specialised 220mm piping together with pumps and motors for bulk water reticulation. “Besides the provision of basic necessities to rural communities, projects of this nature create fixed-term contract-based employment opportunities where unemployment is a problem,” said the spokesperson. The Sterkspruit project is due for completion in October. - Supplied.

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