Second Phase of Nooitgedagt Scheme Completed By September 2016
The second phase of the Nooitgedagt Coega Low Level Scheme (NCLLS) should be completed by September 2016, with the design work complete and tenders at the final stage of evaluation.
Spelling out measures taken to mitigate future water shortages and reduce wastage in a report to the Infrastructure, Electricity and Engineering Committee, the Water and Sanitation Division states that a number of projects have been embarked on since the last drought.
The report says the first phase of the NCLLS has been completed at a cost of R450 million, while construction of the new Stanford Road and Motherwell pump stations are nearing completion allowing water to be transferred from the NCLLS to areas normally supplied by the Churchill and Impofu dams.
In addition, it says, the metro has embarked on “an aggressive leak detection programme, which has resulted in a reduction in water losses,” with community-based semi-skilled artisans being used to repair leaks at indigent house-holds.
In addition, production drilling for ground water is currently being carried out at various sites in the Uitenhage-Coega area and the site selection of a sea water desalination plant has been completed and an 18-month sea water monitoring programme is underway to collect data ahead of the design phase.
The report points out that the final stage of the NCLLS will cost R250 million, with funding now being sought - the second phase cost R110 million.
The report states that the Algoa Water Resources Reconciliation Study has identified future water sources such as the re-use of effluent for industrial use and the re-use of the Sundays River irrigation water return flow - preliminary studies have been done on these projects.
The report says current consumption stands at 295 Ml/day and could rise to 330 Ml/day in summer. In order to com-ply with the Water and Sanitation directive this.
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