Water Supply Development PROJECTS ON TRACK!
The Umkhanyakude District Municipality at its recent Water Summit, identified the various water challenges facing the District and developed a plan which is currently being implemented. Key stakeholders including, The Department of Economic Development and Tourism, COGTA, Department of Water Affairs, Umhlatuze Water, Business Leaders, Investors, Engineers, Water Technologists, Umkhanyakude District Traditional Leaders and Councillors all converged to discuss the water risk challenges in the Umkhanyakude District. This shared platform developed a plan which was then put forward to government for it to invest in the water infrastructure within the Umkhanyakude District Municipality.
Umkhanyakude District Mayor Jeffrey Vilane who championed the plight of the water situation in Umkhanyakude, emphasised that “ the goal of Umkhanyakude District Municipality is to provide water supply at a basic level of service to all households in each local municipality within the district. The Honorable Mayor Villane together with government and the local leadership, spearheaded a campaign to bring water to communities that previously had no access to clean water. This situation has undergone radical changes and the communities within Umkhanyakude can look forward with hope and belief that water will be piped to them.
Prior to 2011 the municipality had no infrastructure or plan in place to address the water challenges facing the district even though the Pongolapoort Dam is situated within the district of Jozini. Since 2011 the municipality has put in place a short term, medium term and long term intervention plan to address the inherited backlogs. These plans require huge funding but the municipality is still committed to ensuring that this process will not be hindered. This phased plan includes projects that have already started and those that are going to be started shortly.
These plans include:
• Increasing the number of water tankers to supply free water to communities within the District as a short term plan.
• Increasing the digging up of the no of boreholes within the District as a short term plan
• Purchase and installation of the steel water pipes to prevent manufacturing delays and save on costs associated with the ever increasing steel and transport prices, as part of the long term plan.
• Construction of a Water Treatment Plant in Jozini and the bulk water supply to Mbazwane
• Shemula Water Treatment Works Upgrade to Kwangwanase
• Shemula Upgrade to Ndumo and Manyiseni.
The Umkhanyakude District Municipality is committed to service delivery of water within the district and ensuring that the communities will benefit with a clean and consistent supply of water.