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Nelson Mandela Bay invests millions in securing alternative water sources

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 16, 2018
Nelson Mandela Bay invests millions in securing alternative water sources

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Thursday announced that it has embarked on a massive project of exploring alternative water sources following droughts that nearly dried out its dams.

Since 2010 drought, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has been performing numerous groundwater surveys and it finally found a huge basin of water just behind the Coega SEZ close to Motherwell Ward 53.

As a result, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, officially opened a borehole drilling project at the Coega Kop. The borehole-drilling project is currently the biggest borehole project within the Nelson Mandela Bay.

The borehole is expected to assist mostly the Motherwell community in their farming activities and the industrial area of the Coega SEZ.

According to the Metro, it is anticipated that the Wellfield borehole will supply up to 15 - 20 mega litres of water from the five bore holes located in the area.

In addition, a water treatment plant will be constructed to integrate the water into the main drinking water supply.

Over R200 million invested on the Coega Kop borehole project

Addressing the media at the official opening of the R230-million project, Executive Mayor Bobani said the project is one of many that the City will embark on to secure water sources for the future.

“Water is the most basic services for the communities of the Municipality. As a responsible government we cannot only rely on the rains to supply us with water; for the communities not suffer we must look at other resources as well,” said the Mayor.

Mayor Bobani also assured the citizens of the metro that plans are in place to make sure that there is water available for the next 50 years.

He said that a desalination plant has been approved by the council since 2007/2008.

The Executive Mayor said the current administration will revisit the item, interact with other government spheres for the realisation of the desalination project. 

"If we are serious about securing the future of this City and growing the economy, we must explore all the water options we have as water".

The Coega Kop Wellfield project consists of a series of boreholes from where the water will be extracted and treated for human consumption.

The boreholes will be about 200 meters deep. At these depths, water is more sustainable for the amount that will be extracted.

Phase 3 of the project is scheduled for completion in the half of 2019 after which the water treatment facility, which is phase 4, will be built.

At the completion of the entire project, the Metro expects to have spent R400 million.

Bobani said that some of the money used on the project came from National Treasury through the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and the Municipal Disaster Recovery Grant.

However, details about the allocations of the funding are expected to be made public during the 2018 Adjustment Budget.

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