The Mercury

Green light for water supply project to northern Durban

- Tony Carnie

DURBAN has given the goahead for a major new pipeline project to boost water supplies to the Dube Trade Port, the Cornubia housing scheme and other residentia­l areas north of the city.

Known as the northern aqueduct augmentati­on scheme, the project will supply another 150 million litres of water a day to the northern parts of the city at a cost of about R860 million.

The eThekwini Water and Sanitation department said the scheme was necessary because of the rapid expansion of residentia­l, commercial and industrial developmen­ts in the northern region.

Project manager Monty Montemaran­o said the scheme would supply water to Cornubia, King Shaka Airport, Dube Trade Port and other areas south of Tongaat and east of Ntuzuma.

The consulting engineers, Knight Piésold Consulting and Naidu Consulting, have submitted designs to complete the project in three phases.

eThekwini Water is investigat­ing the feasibilit­y of generating electricit­y for the residents of Lindelani and Ntuzuma by installing a small hydro-power turbine along part of the pipeline route.

Like a mighty concrete battleship, a new dam wall is rising swiftly from a mountain river bed to capture enough water for 100 000 villagers in the rural hinterland above Port Shepstone.

The new Mhlabatsha­ne Dam will initially supply about 32.5 litres a person a day in 49 tribal wards stretching from the Highflats area down to the coastal belt near Port Shepstone. This daily volume will be increased to about 60 litres a person in 2021.

Umgeni Water has also been appointed the implementi­ng agent for another major bulk water scheme for OR Tambo District municipali­ty in the Eastern Cape. Known as the Greater Mbizana regional water-supply scheme, the R900m project will provide water to about 266 000 people and should be completed in September next year.

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