MEDIA STATEMENT: 08 JULY 2021
CURRENT STATUS OF WATER IN NDLAMBE
The ongoing drought conditions are having a serious impact on Ndlambe’s water supply. Below is an area report, tabling the current status of water supply to various areas within Ndlambe:
Port Alfred: The 2ML seawater reverse osmosis plant has been commissioned. At present an average of 1.7ML per day is being produced, and this is expected to increase to full capacity as the plant capacity builds up. The Sarel Hayward Dam temporary solution is no longer viable as water from this source dried up mid June 2021, meaning the reliance is now only in the 1.7ML of the RO plant. With the exception of the SWRO plant mentioned above, we are still pumping water from the Central Belt Boreholes, Fish Farm, and East Bank Dunes, however, due to the dropping water table, we are only able to pump an average of .98ML from these sources. The town is therefore receiving a combined average total of 2.68ML per day, less than half the requirements for Port Alfred’s demand.
To mitigate these dire circumstances, water tanks have been installed throughout Port Alfred and water is carted on a daily basis. There is a total of 120 water tanks, 9 in Ward 10, and the balance in the rural areas and Township areas. Four water trucks have been assigned specifically to fill the Jo Jo tanks for the communities, and an additional 2 trucks have been assigned by Rand Water Board through the intervention of the Dept of Water and Sanitation. Water is carted mainly from the Boknes R.O. Plant. This plant supplies its own community as well as assisting Port Alfred. Jo Jo tanks are filled as quickly as possible, and the municipality is aware that there are times when the tanks run dry, however, we are drawing as much water as possible from alternate sources to fill these thanks. Free water is made available at the Jo Jo tanks for residents, however, in addition, one water truck is available to residents who request that water be delivered directly to their homes. This is not a new service and has always been available to residents at a tabled tariff cost. Preference is not given to delivery of water to private businesses and residents – only one truck is available for this purpose – the balance of 6 trucks deliver water to Jo Jo tanks for free.
Towards the end of June, the main pipeline from the SWRO plant to the water treatment plant burst. During this period, QFS continued to pump water from the plant to the final reservoir. To prevent water spilling over from this source, trucks collected water from the SWRO reservoir and delivered to Jo Jo tanks within the Port Alfred area. This was a temporary solution whilst the pipeline was being repaired.
Water is still being opened daily between 6am and 10am. The amount of water being pumped only allows for water supply to the low lying areas at this point, thus the high lying areas remain severely affected.
Bathurst: A separate statement has been issued. The Lushington River temporary solution was developed as an emergency project to augment water and the municipality started pumping water on 01 April 2021. Water levels from this have dropped significantly. Amatola Water has been appointed by the Department of Water and Sanitation to investigate further boreholes in the area, but in the interim, the Municipal team are busy relocating the Lushigton pump from where it is presently situated to a point higher up where there is still a small amount of water to pump.
Kleinemonde: This area is not experiencing any problems. The Mt Wellington dam is a very small dam, and is almost full. Water is currently being supplied through Boreholes to the community.
Kenton/Bushmans: The Bushmans plant and Diaz wellpoints are operating, however, they are experiencing regular issues such as interrupted power supply from Eskom, burst pipes, etc. Amatola Water, the appointed provider is attending to these problems. The pipeline at the Bushmans bridge continues to be a major problem, and a meeting has been set up between SANRAL, the municipality and a technical team to discuss the replacement of this pipeline. An average of 1.8ML and .3ML per day respectively is being produced.
Cannon Rocks / Boknes: R.O. Plants are coping with current requirements. A recent pump failure has been repaired, and this temporarily affected production, whereby it was impossible to pump excess water to Alexandria. This problem has since been resolved.
Alexandria: Work on the R.O. plant is ongoing, and it is anticipated that the project will be completed at the end of August. At present 1.4ML per day is being supplied to Alexandria from the Cannon Rocks plant. Identified boreholes supplied an additional 1.2ML of water, tanked to the communities. It is planned that the boreholes are to be linked to the system.
NOTICE: 2021 ROLLY DUMEZWENI
09 July 2021 MUNICIPAL MANAGER