By Yolandé Stander
WORK on the extension of the Nooitgedacht level water treatment works along the Sundays River is under way.
Massive water pipes are being installed next to the R335 or Addo Road past Motherwell. This extension is set to see an extra 70 megalitres of water being pumped into the Nelson Mandela Bay area every day by the end of March next year.
Municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said this was part of the municipality’s drought relief efforts. “We asked for R1.6-billion for drought relief efforts from national government. This year, we received R450-million from treasury and that is what we are using to implement phase one of the Nooitgedacht scheme,” Baron said.
He added the decision to prioritise the low- level scheme was because this project was the most viable.
“We do, however, have other projects on the cards for the future, including our planned desalination plant and boreholes.”
He said another R350-million should become available to complete phase one during the course of the next financial year.
The Nooitgedacht scheme is the extension of the Nooitgedacht water-treatment works, which treats Gariep Dam water which flows via the Orange-Fish River tunnel and a series of connected rivers to the Sundays River irrigation scheme.
From there it is piped, via the treatment works, to areas that include PE’s Bluewater Bay.
The first phase of the project involves the implementation of the “bare essentials” which will enable the municipality to treat the water to an acceptable standard and push it through the system.
This is a shortened version of an article that first appeared in the print edition of Weekend Post on Saturday April 7, 2012.