Pretoria News

Joy over water treatment plant revamp

- KEKETSO MASHIGO

THE upgraded Wastewater Treatment Plant at Refilwe Manor was unveiled to the community and members of the media on Friday.

The project forms part of a multi-year project consisting of the installati­on of internal water and sewer reticulati­on connection to 769 residentia­l stands.

It was part of the second phase, which included the constructi­on of bulk water and sewer lines.

The project also included the constructi­on of a reservoir and two pump stations.

“I am so thrilled with the availabili­ty of clean water; having new houses with no clean water had been so stressful,” resident Matlamotse Manthole said. Her home is one of about 8 000 households in Refilwe Manor to benefit from the completed project.

Another resident, Jimmy Mamabolo, said the relief at learning that the water system had been completed was overwhelmi­ng.

He said they had experience water problems for a long time. “We have lived for many years drinking polluted water; now I am happy that there is a water purificati­on system,” he said.

MMC for housing and human settlement­s, Mandla Nkomo, said living in a beautiful RDP house with no access to clean water must have been the most difficult thing for the residents. He said: “Land invasion makes it hard for us to deliver services to the people. I am very happy and inspired that you have protected this project and denied illegal land occupiers a chance.” Nkomo said land invasions and the illegal occupation of RDP houses were huge challenges faced by the city.

“We need to understand that people are sometimes very desperate to have their own places,” he said.

The city would make sure they formalised informal settlement­s by providing basic services such as electricit­y and water.

He added they could not afford to have houses standing empty because there was no water and proper sanitation for the community.

“One of my challenges is to ensure there is no delay in the allocation of houses,” added Nkomo.

 ?? PICTURE: OUPA MOKOENA ?? Pieter de Bruyn of Q4C, MMC for housing and human settlement­s in the metro, Mandla Nkomo, Mulalo Tshiololi, of Makole Group and Rudczani Budeli of Makole Group at the presentati­on of the upgraded Wastewater Treatment Plant in Refilwe, Cullinan. The man...
PICTURE: OUPA MOKOENA Pieter de Bruyn of Q4C, MMC for housing and human settlement­s in the metro, Mandla Nkomo, Mulalo Tshiololi, of Makole Group and Rudczani Budeli of Makole Group at the presentati­on of the upgraded Wastewater Treatment Plant in Refilwe, Cullinan. The man...

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