Phase 1 of the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project in Makhanda – formerly known as Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape – which started last year in September is due for completion in December.
The first phase of the four-phase project, which falls within the confines of the existing James Kleynhans water treatment works was awarded for a value of R4.13-million. The funding for the implementation of the project is through the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS).
The DWS appointed water utility Amatola Water as the implementing agent, working with a member of the Bosch Holdings group of multidisciplinary consulting engineering companies Bosch Projects to undertake the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project.
“This phase consists of the construction of a 2.0 Mℓ concrete storage reservoir, four sludge ponds, a supernatant pumpstation and interconnecting pipework between new and existing infrastructure, as well as electrical upgrades,” says Bosch Projects Port Elizabeth project manager Rowan Bode.
He says an important component of the project is the requirement that 30% of the project value be awarded to emerging subcontractors. “This has allowed emerging subcontractors to be employed and developed through the main contractor.”
Bode explains that on completion of the last phase, the project would have addressed the water requirements for the existing and future developments for Makhanda.
“The remaining three phases will address the augmentation of the water treatment works from 10 Mℓ/day to 20 Mℓ/day, refurbishment and upgrading of the existing James Kleynhans Water Treatment Works and refurbishment and upgrading of the existing pumping main,” Bode concludes.