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ALTERNATIVE plans to make water available from the Nooitgedacht system have been put in place by the Nelson Mandela Bay metro due to a lack of funding from the National Department of Water and Sanitation to complete phase three.

The maximisation of the Nooitgedacht system would provide an emergency and temporary solution until the completion of phase three of the Nooitgedacht system in February 2020.

Due to the delays with the completion of the Nooitgedacht scheme, the metro had to devise a plan to reduce the strain on the Kouga Dam by circumventing the incomplete phase three treatment works.

As part of the drought interventions, the plan entailed that water would be pumped through a bypass pipe to one of the pump stations at Nooitgedacht that would pump the water to Grassridge reservoir. The water is then reconfigured in order to treat the additional 70 mega litres of water per day.

The treated water would be channelled through Motherwell and Chelsea and flow via all water points of the metro.

The planned completion date for the maximisation of the Nooitgedacht system is September 21 this year.

Water is needed from Nooitgedacht to supply the western suburbs of the metro, including KwaNobuhle, with water in an effort to reduce the strain on the Kouga dam.

Nelson Mandela Bay was declared a disaster area last year and the Nooitgedacht project was launched in May 2017, due to be completed in March 2019. A budget of R318 million was allocated to this project.

“What worries me about the completion of phase three is that no one is on site, no one has been paid and there is no activity,” Executive Mayor Athol Trollip said at a site visit last Wednesday, August 8.

Barry Martin, the metro’s Director of Water and Sanitation, said that it was not normal to bypass the treatment process with raw water. “The work on the site stopped two months ago as the appointed contractor, Stefanutti Stocks, had not been paid by Amatola Water.

“The contractor is funded by the National Department of Water and Sanitation,” Martin said.

Phases one and two of Nooitgedacht, which are complete, are currently treating 140 mega litres of water from the Gariep Dam for the metro.

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