Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Thursday said it was alarmed by the continuing water and sanitation challenges being experienced in the Madibeng local municipality, in North West, despite capital injections to tackle these problems. Print Send to Friend 0 0 The municipality had been ravaged by water shortages since July, which it had, at the time, attributed to sludge build-up at the Brits water treatment plant.
On a recent site visit, the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation noted that the challenges were compounded by the high rates of vandalism and theft to water infrastructure, particularly valves, copper and transformers. It noted that this was a direct contributor to water shortages in many instances and had a negative effect on service delivery, as money budgeted for other purposes by the municipality was diverted towards the replacement of these missing components.
“We are appealing to the people to look after the infrastructure so that we can assist the government in accelerating service delivery throughout the country. “With the backing of over 537 member firms, Cesa is willing and able to partner with government and other key role-players in finding lasting and practical solutions to these water challenges, especially in relation to infrastructure development,” Cesa acting CEO Wally Mayne said.
Pretoria — Residents of Jericho in the North West province have welcomed plans by government to supply drinking water to their village in about two weeks.
The announcement to lay out a R2.8 million pipeline that will connect a reservoir to two boreholes to supply water to the village was announced by officials from the Department of Water and Sanitation, provincial and local government and Madibeng Local Municipality.
Magalies Water, which was appointed as an implementing agent, has employed a contractor to start with the digging of a trench to lay pipes.
“The contractor started his work last week by conducting a site establishment and he will employ locals to create jobs in the area,” the department said on Tuesday.
However, it warned that the first phase of the project will not employ as many people because of its small nature. More people will be employed in the second phase as it will involve massive development from Brits to Jericho.
“The laying of the pipes will form part of phase one of the water project that will supply water from the existing boreholes. According to the plan that was unveiled [on Monday], phase one will be completed in about a month’s time before phase two is implemented.
“The second phase will include the yard connections of households in the village to enable residents to access water in their yards. A pipeline will be connected to the Brits Treatment Plant to ensure a regular supply of drinking water,” the department explained.
Residents have been asked to disconnect illegal pipes that are currently negatively affecting the reticulation of water from the reservoir.
Lucky Fourie from the local government department appealed to the residents to be united to ensure the implementation of the water project.