The Department of Water and Sanitation(DWS) in KwaZulu-Natal says the second phase of Greytown Bulk Water Supply has started in earnest as part of a wider plan to to address water scarcity issues in different parts of the province.
Sputnik Ratau, the Department’s spokesperson said that the Greytown Bulk Water Supply will provide emergency water relief and long-term water supply to Greytown and Enhlalakahle.
“We are now rolling out the implementation of Phase 2, which entails the extension of the Greytown Water Treatment Works (WTWs) by 7 Mℓ/d; the total capacity of the WTW will then be 13Mℓ/d,” Ratau said.
Phase 1 of the project was successfully implemented and completed in September 2010.
Ratau said Phase 1 of the project included refurbishing and upgrading aging water infrastructure, unclogging of drainage systems and the installation of new interconnecting pipes with valves chambers to restore water treatment works to an estimated peak capacity of 6 Mℓ/d, amongst other things.
He added that among the long-term measures Phase 2 of the project will address are the
development of abstraction works at Craigie Burn Dam, raw water pump stations and bulk
conveyance between Craigie Burn Dam and Greytown WTW for capacity of 12 Mℓ/day to 16 Mℓ/day.
“What this means is that there will be additional potable water storage to maintain specific hours of storage capacity and achieve spatial balance of bulk delivery with the growth of the town. This will be through a 2,5 Mℓ Reservoir at Greytown WTW, additional 2,5 Mℓ Reservoir at Enhlalakahle Reservoir and rehabilitation of existing 2,5 Mℓ Enhlalakahle Reservoir,” he said.
“We are working very closely with the UMzinyathi District Municipality as the implementing agent to ensure accountability and prevent any possible acts of corruption,” Ratau added.
The Greytown Bulk Water Supply Scheme is one of the Department’s Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant projects.
Ratau maintained that the project implementation was still on-going and that more updates would be provided in the future.
“We are committing to be as transparent as possible with the work that is being done on the ground. This is as we are working to ensure water supply, especially in communities still experiencing the negative impact of drought,” he concluded.