The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment and Infrastructure Services, councillor Nico de Jager, has ensured that the Weltevreden Park sewer pipe project is running smoothly.
He conducted an oversight visit with the Johannesburg Water (JW) management and the councillor for the area, David Brand, on Tuesday, 9 October.
The project is a sewer pipe replacement project, on which JW will be spending over R42 million. The scope of the work includes upgrading of sewer pipes in the network by replacing old asbestos cement pipes with larger and same size high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) pipes as well as re-installing erf connections and manholes.
During the inspection, De Jager gave a further overview of the amount of work that has to be done and how the community will benefit from the project. “It’s about 25kms of pipes that we are replacing in this area at the moment. This will go a long way towards alleviating current problems because this area has been suffering from the in-growth of roots from trees causing blockages in the system,” he explained.
He added that the timing was suitable for the project to be implemented in the area as they do not foresee any exponential growth in the next couple of years. “The project is pretty much secure. We not going to get a higher density of housing, so what we are doing can be sufficient for many years,” he explained.
With 10km of pipe replacement already done, De Jager also expressed his satisfaction with the progress of the project, saying that they were well ahead of schedule, given the close completion date.
“We are well ahead of schedule. What normally happens with our Capex spending is that we only start with the spending six months into the financial year, but this time around we started from the word ‘go’.
We already have close to 35 per cent of the work done and it’s only three months into the financial year, which means the project should be completed by the end of December,” he said.
Ithemba, the project contractor, gave themselves until the end of January next year for the entire completion of the project.
De Jager appealed for a better usage of the sewerage systems once the project is finalised, as many are blocked as a result of human error. “ Its not only fat that is a problem, it is also what people put into the drain and we’ve seen this a lot in the Midrand and Acacia Park areas where there are a lot of blockages – where we find rags, dolls, sanitary pads, baby nappies and all sorts of things that cause massive problems for our sewer lines,” he concluded.
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