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Coegakop construction progressing well
PHOTO: MMC for Infrastructure and Engineering, Mongameli Bobani joined by senior director for water and sanitation, Barry Martin (left) and Edzard Verseput (right). Photo:supplied

Soon to be the country’s largest biofiltration plant, the Coegakop Wellfield and Water Treatment Works, a project valued at R260 million, is currently in its last phase of implementation and might even be completed ahead of time.

These were the words of MMC for Infrastructure and Engineering in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, Mongameli Bobani, during a recent oversight visit to assess the progress of the project since construction started in July.

The completion of the project will see underground water being treated to supply residents with clean water as the municipality continues to augment the current water supply sources across the metro.

“When we launched this project, there was nothing here, so we are happy to see the progress. From the work that we have seen, it means that the contractor might even finish before the target we gave them,” Bobani said.

“As the municipality, we always say that we are not folding arms and doing nothing. We are doing our outmost best to ensure that we do not get dry taps.

“Our water usage is more than we should be producing per day, but I’m happy and very excited that we can drill some water underground.”

This is one of the projects we are proud of as the municipality, in addition to other projects we are doing to avoid getting dry taps,” Bobani added.

“We have to ensure that everything is going well and I can say that so far everything has been good. We want to urge our residents to please continue to use water sparingly. This project will not be ready tomorrow but after six months we will come and check the progress again.

“Let us stick to the restrictions that state that we should only use 50 litres per person per day, report water leaks and continue to save water.”

The metro’s senior director of water and sanitation, Barry Martin, said that construction would be completed in August 2022. “Once the project is complete, we will not need to get water from the Nooitgedacht Low Level Water Scheme to supply some areas. That scheme will be able to adequately supply the western suburbs to augment water supply there. This treatment facility will supply Motherwell, among other areas,” Martin said.

“The treatment facility is located at this spot because the ground water here is high in Iron and Manganese. The treatment facility will take these elements out of the water to comply with our drinking water standards,” Martin added.

Bobani once again urged residents not to waste water, especially with the festive season approaching.

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