Wa­ter ac­tion ‒ never too late

Grocott's Mail - - OUTSIDE -

Plans to up­grade the Waainek Wa­ter Treat­ment Works (WTW), sit­u­ated on the west­ern side of Gra­ham­stown, are to com­mence soon fol­low­ing a fi­nan­cial in­jec­tion re­ceived by the Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The up­grades con­sist of var­i­ous projects, and will greatly im­prove the plants’ ca­pac­ity to pro­vide potable wa­ter to meet Gra­ham­stown’s grow­ing wa­ter de­mands.

Makana has ap­pointed Bosch Projects as the con­sult­ing en­gi­neers, and Ter­rat­est to se­cure the nec­es­sary En­vi­ron­men­tal Autho­ri­sa­tion un­der the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Act (NEMA) where nec­es­sary. Two of the steps in­volved in the up­grades will run through Crit­i­cal Bio­di­ver­sity Ar­eas within Gra­ham­stown and thus re­quire NEMA autho­ri­sa­tion. Th­ese are: 1. In­stal­la­tion of a new Ris­ing Main span­ning ap­prox­i­mate- 15. Re­fur­bish­ment of the ad­min of­fice, lab and re­stroom. 16. Re­fur­bish­ment of the sand fil­ters. 17. Pro­vi­sion of ad­e­quate light­ing where needed. 18. In­stal­la­tion of a new WTW con­trol panel. 19. Re­fur­bish­ment of the raw wa­ter pump gen­er­a­tor sys­tem. 20, Up­grad­ing the wa­ter chlo­ri­na­tion sys­tem. 21. Au­to­ma­tion of the valve at the wa­ter clar­i­fiers. 22. In­stal­la­tion of a standby pump and pipework at the town fil­ters. 23. Es­tab­lish­ing of a sys­tem to re­cover wa­ter from sludge ponds. 24. Re­fur­bish­ment/re­pair of the ex­ter­nal Lei­dam, in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tion of a new roof. 25. Trim­ming and up­keep of veg­e­ta­tion along the pipeline to make main­te­nance eas­ier. 26. Con­duct­ing dam safety in­spec­tions at Set­tlers Dam and Howieson­spoort Dam. 27. Ter­rat­est will also de­velop a “Main­te­nance Man­age­ment Plan” for Makana, the in­ten­tion be­ing to cir­cu­late this plan for re­view and com­ment.

Have your say!

To regis­ter as an in­ter­ested or af­fected per­son (IAP), con­tact Cher­ize Mattheus c/o Ter­rat­est, Box 27308, Greenacres Port El­iz­a­beth 6057. Phone 041 390 8730 or email: mattheusc@ter­rat­est.co.za

De­colonise: get rid of plas­tic!

Grand stat­ues com­mem­o­rat­ing long-dead colo­nial he­roes are, in my opinion, not nearly as of­fen­sive or dam­ag­ing as the scourge of plas­tic that has hit the African con­ti­nent.

This is one of the most far­reach­ing of all colo­nial icons, yet there is not a whim­per of protest against it. Dou­ble stan­dards?

Ok, so this state­ment may be of­fend­ing a whole lot of peo­ple on both sides of the de­bate. Great, now I’ve got your at­ten­tion!

So good peo­ple, how about it? #Plas­ticfree is trend­ing, and with good rea­son. The use of plas­tic items isn’t the health­i­est way to con­tain food­stuffs, it clogs and lit­ters streams and veld, chokes and kills an­i­mals – even in the oceans! – and looks plain ugly.

This out­pour­ing of plas­tic prod­ucts can change if you and I sim­ply de­cided to say NO, start­ing with the su­per­mar­ket check­out counter: “No thanks, I have my own cloth bag for my shop­ping.”

And our shop­ping choices: avoid­ing prod­ucts that are pack­aged in poly­styrene and lay­ers of use­less plas­tic. For cry­ing out loud!

And sup­port­ing busi­nesses that wel­come our re-us­able con­tain­ers.

If you re­ally can­not avoid buy­ing plas­tic prod­ucts, then at least sep­a­rate them for re­cy­cling.

More info: www.ru.ac. za/ environment/ re­sources/ waste/re­cy­cle/plas­tic

Find us Online: www.gro­cotts. co.za/en­vi­ronews

Con­tacts for Makana En­vi­roNews: Nikki Köhly: n.kohly@ru.ac.za, 046 603 7205 Tim Bull: tim­o­th­y­bull05@aol.com, 076 289 5122 Jenny Gon: j-gon@in­tekom.co.za, 046 622 5822 Nick James: nick­james@in­tekom.co.za, 082 575 9781 Philip Ma­chan­ick: p.ma­chan­ick@ru.ac.za, 046 603 8635.

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