Xonxa pipe­line in July

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - SONJA RAASCH

KO­MANI will soon ben­e­fit from an aug­mented wa­ter sup­ply, thanks to the Xonxa Dam Project, which will be­come op­er­a­tional at the end of July.

The com­ple­tion of the works was orig­i­nally set for last month, with Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokes­woman Thobeka Mqamelo say­ing the fi­nal com­mis­sion and han­dover af­ter the 28-day trial op­er­a­tional pe­riod was ex­pected at the end of Au­gust.

The sys­tem to Macib­ini and Ilinge is ex­pected to be func­tional to­wards the end of next year, with the de­lays due to fund­ing chal­lenges.

Com­pleted phases in­clude the con­struc­tion of a pump house, pumps and the Xonxa Dam, con­struc­tion of an ac­cess road from the dam to the pump sta­tion and lay­ing of a welded steel pipe con­nec­tion from the ex­ist­ing Xonxa Dam off-take, across the White Kei River to the pump sta­tion site.

By next month, it was ex­pected that a re­in­forced con­crete break pres­sure

reser­voir would be com­pleted with an out­fall into the Berry Dam and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work on the ac­cess road up the hill where the pipe shares space with the road.

The pump­ing mains are also ex­pected to be in­stalled next month, Mqamelo said, with me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tions – in­clud­ing three elec­tri­cal mo­tors in the pump sta­tion – ex­pected to be com­plete in July.

The Macib­ini and Ilinge bulk wa­ter sup­ply will in­clude a pump sta­tion at the Ez­i­be­leni high level reser­voirs, a steel pipe­line and grav­ity dis­tri­bu­tion pipe­lines.

“All wa­ter use ap­provals have been ob­tained from the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion and gen­eral dis­tri­bu­tion mains is in progress for ap­proval,” Mqamelo con­firmed.

Dam lev­els, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion sup­plied by CHDM are: Bonkolo Dam 11%, Dor­drecht dams 35%. The Wa­ter­down Dam level had dropped sig­nif­i­cantly and was at 74.4% last week, down from 98.1% at the same time last year.

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