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Nooitgedagt Low Level Scheme approved to supply Metro after week-long test

Aug 7, 2017
Nooitgedagt Low Level Scheme approved to supply Metro after week-long test

The recently completed Phase 2 of the Nooitgedagt Low Level Scheme has undergone a week of testing, and is now approved for ongoing supply to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, said on Sunday.

"After two years of construction, this additional supply could not have come at a better time. An extra 140 million litres of water will now be pumped daily into the Municipality’s network, compensating for the drought-induced shortages at the Western supply dams," he described.

"Having already lost all supply from Churchill Dam, with Kouga Dam now at 15%, Nooitgedagt Phase 2 may very well carry the Municipality through the remaining months of winter. The Department of Water and Sanitation has imposed a 22% restriction on sourcing water from the western supply dams, limiting daily supply to 274.9 ML."

Trollip said that the Infrastructure & Engineering Directorate, led by MMC Annette Lovemore, has done well to meet targets in this regard, taking some of the sting out of the ongoing drought.

"However, the Municipality remains water scarce with demand and supply still neck and neck. Our water saving efforts absolutely have to continue unabated – let us continue working together to instil a water wise culture in our Metro," the Mayor said.

"Not only is this government working tirelessly to increase water supply, but there is also a concerted effort to repair the City’s ageing infrastructure. Standby teams of plumbers have been working weekends over the last three months to drastically reduce the number of leaks."

He urged residents to report all leaks to 0800 20 50 50.

"In a well-run and forward thinking city, planning and reducing repair turnaround times are crucial to ensuring water security," Trollip said.

"This government is focused on realising this vision. One City One Future."