Jun 29, 2012
Municipality allocates R1bn for water treatment plant upgradeBack
Construction|Emfuleni|Engineering|Johannesburg|Vereeniging|Africa|Housing|PROJECT|Project Management|System|Systems|Water|Africa|Sebokeng Plant|Equipment|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 Water News
Article contains comments
Recent Research Reports
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...
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.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
This Week's Magazine
The multibillion-rand development of the Zendai Modderfontein New City, east of Johannesburg, will aim to exemplify an integrated city node, says property group Zendai South Africa COO Wenhui Du. The development will focus on the Modderfontein Gautrain station to be...
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) hopes to have finalised regulations for the flying of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) – also designated Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) and popularly called drones – in the country’s civilian airspace by the end...
Various stakeholders have expressed optimism that the Small Business Development Ministry, created after the national elections in May, will add much needed impetus to enterprise development in South Africa, where a strengthening of the entrepreneurial culture is...
Capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) is the only way through which the world will achieve the lowest of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) global warming predictions, called the representative concentration pathway (RCP) 2.6....
The City of Johannesburg has recovered R107-million following the arrest of 22 people allegedly involved in corruption, collusion, fraud and tampering with the city’s electricity systems, which had ultimately cost the city R200-million in lost revenue.