R150m cash injection for Vaal River Rehabilitation Project

DWS Funding will help repair sewer pump-stations to curb spillages.

THE Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has released R150 million in funding for the rehabilitation of the Vaal River System (VRS).

The funding will go a long way in ending sewer spillages in Emfuleni Local Municipality, in residential areas and into the Vaal River System.

Stakeholders in the project – South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM), Gauteng Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA), East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), are all working to ensure that all wastewater treatment infrastructure is rehabilitated to an operational state and pollution into the Vaal River System is stopped.

DWS has appointed ERWAT, which is an entity of Ekurhuleni Metro, as an implementing agent.

An implementation protocol was signed on 29 March 2019 by all stakeholders, paving the way for a collaborative effort into the rehabilitation of sanitation infrastructure in ELM.

The funding will be used to urgently repair pump-stations eight (8), nine (9), and ten (10).

The Union Street rising main and two other pump-stations in Sharpeville and Sebokeng will also be prioritized.

Aged municipal infrastructure led to increased sewer spillages in Emfuleni Local Municipality in recent years, leaving residents frustrated and environmental activists fuming.

The Vaal River System is crucial to South Africa, and supplies water to 60% of the country’s economy, 45% of South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and more than 80% of the country’s electricity requirements.

R150mThe Vaal River System is crucial to South Africa.

By Wandisile Kunene
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