New water supply scheme

2016-03-30 06:00
iLembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe, MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube, together with the national Minister for Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane at the water scheme site. Photo: supplied

iLembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe, MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube, together with the national Minister for Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane at the water scheme site. Photo: supplied

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A R1.4 billion bulk water supply scheme was launched in Mandeni to ease the plight of the North Coast which has been greatly affected by severe drought.

KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube, together with the national Minister for Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane, launched the Lower Tugela Bulk Water Supply Scheme (LTBWSS) last week.
The project, one of the largest bulk water infrastructure projects to be implemented by KZN bulk water supplier Umgeni Water, will commence next month and will reticulate water to Ballito, Mandeni, Ndwedwe and the surrounding areas.

The iLembe District has been severely affected by the drought that has wreaked havoc across the province. Communities in the district have had to live with severe water restrictions as they rely on water from the Hazelmere Dam, which has had an average water level of less than 20% for most of the past year.

This new water scheme will transfer water into the dam, which is a source of water for more than 750 000 residents.

Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder said the project, funded by Umgeni Water and the Department of Water and Sanitation, will provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water to numerous areas within drought stricken iLembe District.

“Ballito is currently under water restrictions as a result of water shortages at Hazelmere Dam caused by a severe and prolonged drought. An alternate source of supply to Ballito will result in more water being available at Hazelmere Water Treatment Plant for supply thereby alleviating the impact of the drought.”

According to Harichunder, the water scheme will be operational from the end of April, delivering an estimated 25 megalitres per day through a 29km pipeline.

“By the end of June 2016, the scheme will reach its full design capacity through the provision of 55Ml/d potable water to an estimated 340 000 people, some of whom will be receiving a reliable supply of safe drinking water for the first time.”

Harichunder added the scheme could be expanded if needed in the future, and that the capacity of delivery for the water scheme could be doubled to 110Ml/d if needed.

According to Minister Mokonyane, the launch of this project has come at an ideal time when most water resources in the province are under great strain and much relief will be provided to residents.

In her address to Sundumbili residents, MEC Dube-Ncube cautioned residents that the implementation of this project did not take away from the fact that the province is facing a severe drought.

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