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Millions finally put to use for water

At the northern treatment works all six filtration tanks on the old plant have been refurbished with new nozzles and are fully operational.

After the Minister for the Department of Water Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, announced the earmarked budget of R335-million to improve the water situation in Msukaligwa, the Highvelder investigated the progress thus far at the two water treatment works, north and south.

Part of the scope of work at the two treatment works included the upgrading of chemical-dosing equipment, upgrading of filters, the replacement of pumps at the old plant, the refurbishment of the piping system and upgrading of the electrical system.

At the northern treatment works all six filtration tanks on the old plant have been refurbished with new nozzles and are fully operational.

A temporary chlorination machine was installed on 20 December and a permanent chlorination is currently being installed and scheduled for completion before the end of this month.

The two existing raw water pumps at Douglas Dam have been repaired and are now working, while one of the two new submersible pumps supplied for Davel has already been installed.

The cleaning of settling tanks for the old plant began on 13 January and the temporary measures taken to ensure that the existing electrical control panels will cope with all the refurbished pumps and motors was completed on 20 December.

There is currently no progress to report at the southern water treatment works due to delays in procuring a service provider. The service provider was appointed only on 13 January and site establishment was completed by 20 January.

Work on water demand management began on 2 December during which a leak detection team identified unclear pipe layouts and the diameters of existing pipes were checked.

Meanwhile, the contractor appointed for the layout of the permanent pipeline has excavated more than 7 km of the 14 km. At least 17 people, 11 of whom are local residents, were appointed for this task.

According to Mr Mandla Zwane, spokesman for Msukaligwa Municipality, a few challenges have been encountered during the drilling process due to rocky areas.

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