Regular updates will be provided on the Rooiwal sewage treatment plant upgrade

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By Rapula Moatshe November 20, 2020

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Pretoria – Contractors hired on a multimillion rand project to upgrade the Rooiwal water treatment plant would provide weekly updates of the work due to be completed in July 2022.

Regular updates of the project, it was said, would help the new administration to check whether the type of work being implemented in the project was on schedule.

MMC for utilities and regional operations coordination Phillip Nel said he has asked his team to keep him updated on developments at the plant on a weekly basis.

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The failure of the plant to purify sewage had been identified as a source of polluted water supplied to residents of Hammanskraal and surrounding areas.

The challenges of water purification resulted in the discharge of sludge from the treatment plant into the Apies River, which supplied water to the Temba water treatment plant, which is used to purify the water for residents of ‘Hammanskraal.

Residents have complained for years that they were forced to drink dirty water.

In August, the Ministry of Water and Sanitation said it was confident that the quality of the effluent released into the Apies River had finally improved.

Nel said: “The city remains committed to making a decisive decision on the plight of the communities that depend on the Rooiwal WWTP for water.”

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He said he would keep a close eye on the renovation project to make sure it stayed on track.

“The Rooiwal water treatment plant is an essential part of the water infrastructure, and it is important that it is operating at full capacity to adequately serve its local community,” said Nel.

The investment injected into the infrastructure project was vital to unlock growth opportunities in the city, he said.

So far, the renovation contract, valued at Rand 253 million, has seen at least 17% of civil works and 8% of mechanical works completed.

It was recently reported that part of the work in progress so far included emptying and cleaning the digesters, stripping and removing old filter belts and pressers in the dewatering building, which was nearing completion.

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The scope of work included upgrading the intake structures, the biological reactor mixing and aeration system and the anaerobic digester at the Rooiwal East plant.

The upgrade work would also be carried out on the anaerobic digesters at the Rooiwal West plant, the upper sludge dewatering facility and the flow balancing tank at the Rooiwal North plant.

In May, local government MEC Lebogang Maile reported that around 15 other sewage treatment plants in Tshwane were in poor condition.

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