The city of Tshwane, in partnership with SAB InBev, will save millions in their joint planned initiative to refurbish the Groenkloof Lower Fountain water pump station.
At the same time, the city will increase capacity to provide water for residents.
Both parties have undertaken to commit funding over a five year period of investment in programmes relating to agricultural and enterprise development for societal benefit.
During a loco inspection and launch of the upgraded Groenkloof pump station, member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for utility services Darryl Moss said the total cost of the project would amount to approximately R3 million.
The identified projects include the replacement and installation of motors, valves and pumps, and the installation of a new motor control centre at the Groenkloof Lower Fountain.
The City said although regular servicing and maintenance have been performed on the pump system over the years – which is a necessary activity to prolong the lifespan of the pumps and to ensure efficiency – these pumps have finally reached the end of their serviceable life and became defunct primarily due to mechanical failure, which resulted in large volumes of potable water being lost into the Apies river.
“The estimated yield from the Groenkloof Lower Fountain pump station is 9 600kl per day, and if not operational the City of Tshwane has no alternative but to purchase additional water from one of our service providers at a cost of approximately R80 000 per day,” Moss said.
Moss said while this work did not affect the structure or fabric of the historical building in any way, permission was obtained from the Heritage Council prior to any work being undertaken.
Moss added that it was very pleasing to see the private sector jumping in to assist government, a clear indication that by serving their communities in their market areas will result in a “win-win””situation that will enable business growth.
– Virginia Keppler