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Kouga Municipality invests R10m in wastewater infrastructure

Home Engineering Pumps, Valves, Hydraulics, Pneumatics Kouga Municipality invests R10m in wastewater infrastructure

THE pipeline from the La-Mer sewer pump station in Diaz Road, Jeffreys Bay to the sewer pump Station 4A in Koraal Street is set to undergo a significant multimillion-rand upgrade to enhance its operational efficiency and overall performance.

This will, furthermore, drastically reduce pipe breakages and sewer spillages.

Phase one of the project, which is budgeted at R9.7 million, is scheduled to commence at the end of March 2024 and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2024.

“The upgrade will involve the installation of a new 350mm diameter Class 12 uPVC sewer rising main,” said Kouga executive mayor, Hattingh Bornman. “This sewer main will connect the La Mer pump station to pump station 4A – which will later be connected to pump station 4B, and ultimately to the Jeffreys Bay Waste Water Treatment Works.

“The 1 040m long pipeline –– to run along Duine, Pell, Prospect, and Koraal Streets – will be laid within the left-hand edge of the roadway, necessitating the saw cutting and excavation of existing asphalt and layer works.”

According to Bornman, approximately 10% of the project’s scope will be allocated to local Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) to support the economy.

Upon completion of the pipeline installation, the road surfaces of Duine, Pell, and Prospect Streets will be resurfaced and marked accordingly.

“The upgrade of the sewer pipeline is a critical investment to prevent sewage spills and enhance the efficiency of our infrastructure,” said Bornman. “It will, furthermore, reduce the risk of breakdowns and minimise the need for costly repairs.”

This upgrade follows a previous state-of-the-art upgrade in November last year, which saw the installation of a sophisticated level control instrument, along with the addition of two new motors and a generator alternator at La Mer sewer pump station, at a cost of R400 000.

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