Water pipe infrastructure to be updated

Johannesburg Water contractor given the go ahead.

Malanshof is infamous for its water pipe bursts that occur on a weekly basis due to old water pipes.

Ward 104 councillor Mike Wood said he sent in requests for an upgrade to Johannesburg Water months ago and when he heard nothing back from them he presumed that nothing was going to be done about the ageing water pipes.

“I was surprised when Danie van Wyk, the contracts manager at MIS Pipelines contacted me and informed me about the water infrastructure upgrade project,” said Wood.

Van Wyk said the project will start on 8 January and will end on 18 September. “We will be using 40 workers and some of them will be employed from the community so we will use locals to help us with the project,” he said. “Interested people can contact Priscilla Cilliers for more information.

“Each worker will receive a certificate and will be qualified as a safety representative. They will also acquire basic first aid, fire and plumbing training.”

He said the training will occur on site so that the workers will be able to continue with a construction career after the project.

Wood urged residents to be patient with construction workers and vehicles and he added that 12 streets will be affected by the upgrades. He said, “Hans Schoeman Street and Silver Pine Avenue will be completed first and then the team will start with the smaller roads.”

Van Wyk concluded that the main focus of the project was to put in new water pipes next to the curbs. This will help with repairs in the future if a pipe burst were to happen again. “We will try to complete our work as fast as possible and open holes will only stay open for a day.”

Details: Community Liaison Officer Priscilla Cilliers 082 435 7153.

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