Nelson Mandela Bay: R134 Million Requested For Nooitgedagt Low Level Scheme

AUGUST 28, 2014

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Water and Sanitation Directorate has requested R134 million between the 2014/15 and 2016/17 financial years for the Nooitgedagt/Coega Low Level Scheme and R50 million a year thereafter.

Completion of the scheme, with the final phase costing R250 million, will contribute significantly to water security in the metro in times of drought.

Water restrictions are to be introduced from October 1 in terms of a recommendation to the Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy Committee.

The third phase of the project, which will cost R110 million, is scheduled for completion by September 2016 with tenders for the work now “in the final stage of evaluation,” according to a re-port to be submitted to the committee.

The Draft Capital Budget for the project shows that the directorate has requested R63 million for the current 2014/15 financial year, and R40 million and R31 million for the next two financial years.

The Department of Water Affairs provided the first R450 million for the Nooitgedagt scheme but despite representations has declined to commit further funding with no provision made for this in the department’s budget.

As it continues to seek alternative sources of water, the directorate has also requested a total of R20 million between 2014/15 and 2016/17 for groundwater investigation, and a further R5 million a year thereafter.

The report to the committee says “production drilling” for ground water is currently being done at selected sites in the Uitenhage/Coega area.

Water Services requested a total budget for 2014/15 of R193.5 million, some R14 million more than the amount allocated in 2013/14 and has requested R172 million and R181.5 millio9n in 2015/126 and 2016/17 respectively.

Thereafter, the directorate requires a capital budget of R241.3 million a year of which R50 million is needed for the Coega Return Effluent (RE) scheme that will provide industrial water to investors in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. -metrominutes

Photo caption: KOUGA DAM OVERFLOWING IN 2011... Today, however, the situation has changed and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality might impose water restrictions. Photo courstey of watersafe.