R500 million pipeline for Mandela Bay

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
25 January 2010

A R500 million pipeline from the Orange River Project is on the cards for Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province to alleviate future water shortages. Parts of the Eastern Cape are in the grip of a crippling drought and dam levels in the Metro are at critical levels.

The first phase of the pipeline is already in existence stretching from the Gariep Dam near Venterstad towards the Eastern Cape through the Orange River Tunnel connecting with Cradock, Somerset East and Kirkwood. The water will be treated at the Nooitgedagt Water Works plant at Addo. It will be pumped into the Oliphants Reservoir before it gravitates into the metro’s articulation system.

Once up and running in 2013, it will supplement Nelson Mandela Bay’s Water by 270 mega litres of water each day. At present the crisis is that only rain in the catchment area will alleviate the immediate water shortage. Metro officials are engaged in phase two of a plan to prevent this type of crisis happening again.

Three years away and the metro only has enough water left for 10 months, if it does not rain soon. Short term intervention is focused on water conservation. The catchment dams are in the interior where they usually get summer rainfall. Studies of the area over the past 20 years show that drought conditions are experienced every four years. If no good rains fall soon, the next time significant falls can be expected will be September.

Source: SABC News

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