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R3.4 Billion Needed to Upgrade Metro’s Waste Water Treatment Plants

Oct 17, 2014
R3.4 Billion Needed to Upgrade Metro’s Waste Water Treatment Plants

A total of R3.4 billion is required to upgrade and refurbish the existing waste water treatment works (WWTW) in Nelson Mandela Bay and construct two new ones.

Of this R1.2 billion is required for Fish-water Flats and R1.4 billion for the new Coega WWTW, according to a report submitted to the Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy Committee.

This is in addition to the R1.33 billion needed to upgrade and refurbish water treatment works in the metro, according to a separate report.

The report states that construction of the new Coega WWTW will start in the near future and will serve the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), Motherwell North and Markman Industrial and surrounding area.

Construction is dependent on funding being provided by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).

The report points out that the Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate has initiated planning on all the metro’s WWTW with four currently being upgraded and planning on the others at an advanced stage with implementation to be carried out in a phased manner as funding becomes available.

“The thorough planning and implementation of all the projects is very important...to ensure that the continuous growing waste water demand never exceeds the treatment capacities of the WWTW.”

The report states that all the projects are in line with the Draft Sanitation Master Plan “to secure a continuous sewage treatment capacity for the metro well into the future”.

It adds that there is also a need to support the municipality’s housing programme and “provide adequate treatment capacity for the industrial and economic growth within the Coega IDZ,” adding that this will lead to “investor security and job creation”.

The report says that all work at the WWTW will be completed in the next seven years, with much of the planning and implementation running concurrently.

“All the WWTW will then be highly automated and modernised. The final effluent will be of high quality and will be within the general limit standards stipulated by the Department of Water and Sanitation.” - MetroMinutes.


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