MEDIA STATEMENT: 16 NOVEMBER 2021
PORT ALFRED WATER CRISIS UPDATE
The ongoing severe drought conditions in the Eastern Cape continue to have a major effect in our communities especially in Port Alfred. Port Alfred has especially been heavily affected as the Sarel Hayward Dam, the town’s main water supply, reached day zero some months ago. .
Present sources of water for Port Alfred include the Hennie Nel Boreholes, Central Belt Boreholes, Fish Farm Boreholes, East Bank Dunes and Sea Water Reverse Osmosis Plant and produce an average of 2.7ML/day. The town’s requirements are approximately 6.3ML/day, increasing during the peak season.
In order to increase the availability of water, Ndlambe municipality has signed an agreement with Nuwater for the installation of 1ML/day RO plant on the banks of Kowie River. Work has commenced on the new plant. The pumping main to reticulation line, abstraction pipe and platform have been completed and the RO skids have been delivered.
The work has been temporarily stopped pending an appeal decision by the MEC for Department of economic development, environmental affairs and tourism which is envisaged to be received before the end of this week. As soon as the matter has been dealt with, the RO skids will be connected.
NOTICE: 2021 ROLLY DUMEZWENI
16 NOVEMBER 2021 MUNICIPAL MANAGER