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OVERVIEW

Water New water infrastructure is being built

SECTOR INSIGHT • The fifth phase of the N o r t h er n A qu e du c t Augmentation project has begun.

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he area north of the Durban central business district is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in South Africa, with a number of large office and accommodation projects going ahead simultaneously. This is obviously a welcome development for the economy, but the new buildings also create pressures on infrastructure. The multi-year, R250-million Northern Aqueduct Augmentation project was initiated in 2014 and the fifth phase of the project has recently begun. This will provide water for Durban North, Umhlanga, Newlands, KwaMashu, Phoenix and Cornubia. It is intended to be complete by the end of 2019. Apart from a number of pipelines that will serve these growing areas, a bridge across the Umgeni River will be constructed. Bosch Projects is responsible for design for eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) and Gibb is doing the environmental impact assessment. JSE-listed civil engineering and construction group Esor has several pipelaying contracts within the overall project. One of the many challenges faced by the South African water sector is a shortage of engineers. A study jointly commissioned by the Water Research Commission and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) found that the country's four-in-a-million ratio of engineers is a long way from the required 50-per-million. Umgeni Water, the province’s biggest water utility, has launched the Adopt-a-River Project, which aims to keep rivers clean, raise awareness and create jobs. The first phase of the Spring Grove Dam in the Mooi

ONLINE RESOURCES Mhlathuze Water: www.mhlathuze.co.za National Department of Water and Sanitation: www.dwa.gov.za Umgeni Water: www.umgeni.co.za Water Balance Programme: www.wwf.org.za

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River area has been completed on schedule and has increased water supplies in the Umgeni River catchment area. Spring Grove takes to five the number of dams in the MooiMgeni system (including Midmar, Albert Falls, Nagle and Inanda dams), which serve more than five-million people in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and surrounding towns. When Spring Grove is complete, the total system yield will rise to 394-million m3/year. A new dam is being built at Smithfield and the wall of the Hazelmere Dam is being raised to increase capacity. A new reservoir (Waterloo) near the King Shaka International Airport, and serving this northern area, has been constructed as part of the master plan that will see water delivered to this reservoir from the Northern Aqueduct Augmentation project. The Western Aqueduct project (valued at R864-million) and the associated Northern Aqueduct Augmentation project will inject water into the rapidly developing area north of Durban. The Tugela Bulk Water Scheme (valued at R1.4-billion) will supply water to KwaZulu-Natal's North Coast.

KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2018/19

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

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