Jun 29, 2012
Municipality allocates R1bn for water treatment plant upgradeBack
Construction|Emfuleni|Engineering|Johannesburg|Vereeniging|Africa|Design|Dewatering|Housing|PROJECT|Project Management|System|Systems|Water|Africa|Sebokeng Plant|Equipment|Service|Services|Systems|Rietspruit Stream|Vaal River|Greta Hlongwane|Klaas Mofomme|Rand Water|Water|Emfuleni|Wastewater Treatment
© Reuse this
Plans are under way to upgrade the hydrau- lic capacity of the Sebokeng WWTW, which is operated and maintained by water utility Rand Water and the municipality, to 200 Mℓ/d.
The project is due for completion in 2014, by which time it will service in excess of one-million people, up from the 700 000 people it currently serves.
The existing plant is designed to treat 100 Mℓ/d of wastewater and is divided into three activated sludge process modules of 30 Mℓ/d, 35 Mℓ/d and 35 Mℓ/d.
In 2011, Rand Water reported that the overburdened hydraulic capacity of the treatment plant made it difficult to meet its legislative requirements, as well as maintain compliance with Green Drop certification requirements.
Engineering, management and specialist technical services provider Aurecon was tasked with the design and construction monitoring of the extension works, comprising new inlet works, primary settling tanks, two 50 Mℓ/d biological nutrient removal activated sludge units and clarifiers, disinfection, sludge dewatering and drying.
Aurecon provided a number of engineering services for the project, including feasibility analysis, the design of mechanical equipment and control systems, project management and contract documentation.
The expansion project forms part of the municipality’s regional sewer scheme on which it will spend R4-billion over the next five years.
In her State of the Municipality address, in May, Emfuleni mayor Greta Hlongwane said the expansion of the Sebokeng plant had been prioritised and that the tender for the engineering and civil works had been advertised.
Further, to ensure local contractors bene- fit, the municipality has instituted a 30% local empowerment clause in the contract.
This means that whichever company is appointed the main contractor on the project will have to ensure that 30% of the R1-billion goes to local contractors in the form of subcontracts. This will, in turn, lead to greater local job creation opportunities.
The municipality points out that the upgrade to the sewer scheme will ensure that it improves Green Drop compliance of the final effluent discharged into the Rietspruit stream, which leads to the Vaal river.
The project will also allow housing developments to take place, as the system will have increased capacity.
Emfuleni municipality spokesperson Klaas Mofomme states that the project will benefit the Emfuleni municipality, the City of Johannesburg and the Midvaal local municipality, which drains its wastewater directly into the Sebokeng WWTW.
Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa reported in its Water 2012 report that the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, in its 2011/12 budget, allocated funds that would assist local municipalities in improving service delivery.
The Emfuleni local municipality is one of the municipali- ties that has benefited from this economic boost.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Top Projects News
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
This Week's Magazine
JSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) Rebosis Property Fund achieved a distribution growth of 8.1% to 99.45c per linked unit in the financial year ended August 31, despite volatile market conditions.
A low-cost, inflatable incubator won this year’s international James Dyson design award, which aims to encourage and inspire the next generation of design engineers.
The World Bank released its ‘Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency’ report last month and ranked South Africa 43 out of 189 global economies for its ease of doing business, with Singapore topping the rankings.
Air Products South Africa officially launched its R300-million Eastern Cape air- separation unit (ASU), at its new manufacturing facility in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), earlier this month. It is the second facility that Air Products launched in South...
BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria.