7 February Possible Water Interruptions in Mdantsane and Surroundings February 7, 2017 By Anga Mtongana Latest News 0 Residents please be advised that we have a major pipe bursts on the pumping main from Umzonyana to Mdantsane Outspan Reservoirs and Bulk Pump Station for Mdantsane as a whole. This burst pipe has significantly reduced the bulk water supply to Mdantsane as a result the distribution reservoirs are critically low, which may lead to water interruptions in some of the areas, especially the high lying areas. The maintenance teams are onsite to do the repairs but it may take more than 12 hours to complete the repair due to the size of the water main and difficult site conditions, which are worsened by Izinyoka. Please inform the Cllrs/ Community and request the consumers to use water sparingly during this period to avoid water outages. This may affect Ilitha, Needscamp, Ncera villages up to Kaysersbeach as Amatola Water are currently sending all the water to Mdantsane. Related Water Supply Interruptions The intermittent water supply also affects Ilitha, Berlin and it’s rural villages as Laing System combines with Mdantsane system at Damspot reservoir. The critical low reservoir levels in Mdantsane are expected to continue up to the end of February 2016, this may result in intermittent water supply in some of the Mdantsane areas especially Zone 13,14,15,16,17,18 and Potsdam Unit P. Consumers are therefore requested to conserve the little water that we have, repair their internal leaks and report any suspected municipal water leaks to the municipality at 043 705 9861 and 043 705 3150 after hours. Consumers are also advised to always keep at least 25 litres of water for emergency purposes and use the same water for washing dishes, bathing etc, if there is no interruption to the water supply. The municipality is doing everything possible to minimise the water interruptions until the problem is permanently resolved. The municipality is currently upgrading Mdantsane Pump station at Mzonyana Water Treatments Works, which will permanently resolve the water supply challenges to Mdantsane,Needscamp,Ncera villages, Kuni 1, Thembisa, Kayserbeach,Nkqonqweni,Mabaleni,Mncotsho and Ilitha Township. The upgrading of Mdantsane Pump Station project is expected to be completed in September 2016, which will avert the water challenges that we are currently experiencing. Consumers are requested to understand this predicament and assist the municipality during this period by using the following water saving tips to conserve water so that reservoir levels can be maintained to reasonable levels: INDOOR WATER SAVINGS TIPS Indoor water savings can lower water and wastewater (sewer) cost and energy cost too! Wash only full loads of laundry in your washing machine or full loads of dishes in your dishwasher. Turn the water off. Minimize faucet use when shaving, brushing teeth and washing dishes. Replace older bathroom faucet nozzles (aerators) with new ones that are rated at 6 liters. Shorten your shower by one minute. Cut back on your shower time and you will rack up big savings in water and energy. If you really want to try and save water, limit your shower time to five minutes or less. Also, install a water-saving showerhead that uses 9.5 liters per minute. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissue and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet. Take showers instead of baths. A bathtub holds up to 189 liters of water-much more than a normal shower would use. (A typical shower uses less than 76 liters). Don’t pre-rinse dishes. Check to see if your dishwasher can clean dishes without pre-rising them. Most newer dishwasher don’t require pre-rising. Reuse clean household water. Collect all the water that is wasted while waiting for the hot water to reach your faucet or showerhead. Use this to water your houseplants or outdoor planters. OUTDOOR WATER SAVINGS TIPS · Fix leaking faucets and toilets. Research has shown that an average of 8% (or more) of all home water use is wasted through leaks. Drippings faucets can be quickly identified and repaired but other leaks are less obvious. Testing for leaks is easy. For example, test for a leaking toilet by lifting the lid off the toilet tank and putting a few drops of food coloring into the bowl. Wait a few minutes, and then look in the bowl. If the food coloring has made its way there, you have a leak that needs repair. · Sweep driveways and sidewalks instead of hosing with water. · Cut back unnecessary watering. Get to know your plants. Trees, shrubs and perennials, if well-established and well-placed, need less water than newly planted areas. · Check for soil moisture before watering to be sure its time. Dig into the soil with a trowel a few inches. If it feels moist, holds off. · Water deeply, but infrequently. Wetting the soil surface without getting water to the root zone does no good for the plants. The goal is to keep root moist. But don’t over do it. After watering, check the soil to see if moisture has penetrated to the roots. Use what you learn to guide future watering. Then, let the top few inches of the soil dry out between watering so that the roots can breath. · Minimize evaporation loss by watering early in the day or late at night, and when the wind is calm. · Adjust sprinklers to avoid watering the street, driveway or sidewalks. Choose sprinklers with spray patterns that match the shape of your lawn or garden area. · Adjust watering to weather conditions and avoid watering when it rains. · Limit water periods by setting your kitchen timer to remind you when to turn the water off. · Mulch mow your lawn. Set your mower higher at 2-inches and leaving the clippings on the lawn. The clippings help retain moisture. This is also known as grass cycling. · Let your lawn go dormant. Consider letting your lawn go dormant. Water deeply only once a month to keep your lawn alive. To prevent runoff, you may need to water a short time, wait a few minutes, and then restart. Be sure to garget your water on areas that receive heavy foot traffic- since dormant grass can be damaged by heavy wear. EFFICIENT GARDEN WATERING TIPS · Repair leaky faucets, hoses and sprinklers to avoid water waste. · Add shut-off nozzles to your garden hose. Garden hoses can deliver over then liters a minute if left unattended. It all adds up! · Select the right watering system. Drip irrigation is the best way to water most planting except lawns. Drip systems apply water directly to the soil minimal evaporation or runoff. They also help prevent plant diseases and make watering gardens easier. Soaker hoses are another option if used correctly. · Use Automatic Sprinkler Systems Efficiently. Automatically controlled irrigation systems can make efficient watering easier, but they often waste large amounts of water due to improper scheduling or maintenance. Follow these smart-watering tips: o Adjust your watering schedule to track weather conditions at least once or twice a month o Install a rain shut-off to prevent watering during rainy periods. (for sources, check the phone directory business listing under irrigation Systems and Equipment.) o Inspect your system a few times each year while it is running. Look for and repair leaking or broken sprinklers, and reposition those that spray areas. o Hire an irrigation professional to test and adjust your system annually. · Mulch your planting beds. Mulch is a material spread on the soil surface to slow water evaporation loose. · Improve water penetration in lawn area. Help water reach lawn roots by aerating your lawn. · Improve your soil. Add compost throughout your planting areas to add nutrients and increase the soil’s ability to absorb and store water. · Pick low-water plants. When you buy plants, choose varieties that require less water for immediate beauty and future water savings. Like any newly planted plants, these plants will need routine water until they are established, which can be one to three years. · Group plants with similar water needs together. Good design avoids mixing plants that needs regular water with those that need little to no water. Water Interruptions This has resulted into little/ no water coming into our distribution reservoirs, which affects water supply to the following areas: Bisho, Sweetwaters, Golf Course, Ilitha, Berlin, Mabaleni, Nkqonqweni, Mncotsho, Needscamp/Kuni Villages, Msintsini, Khayelitsha, WSU, Qongqotha, Tshabo Villages and Mt Coke Villages The municipality is assisting with water tankers in the critically affected areas. Amatola Water supply system may take 2-5 days to fully recover, therefore consumers are requested to use water sparingly so that the system can recover quickly. R405 million for KWT Waste Water Treatment plant This project which will be done in six phases will amalgamate the Schornville, Zwelitsha, Breidbach and Bhisho WWTWs into one regional works. Acting General Manager: Construction, Roads and Project Sandile Sojini said the purpose of combining the WWTWs was due to high demands and that the capacity of the plants could not handle the work load. “The capacity of the plants could not handle the work load and that the biological process at the plants could not treat the water into the required efficient standards as set out by Section 21 of the National Water Act.” “The implementation of the whole project was to establish a centralised, regional sewage area thus enabling the decommissioning of the dysfunctional WWTWs and improving the level of sewage transport and treatment achieved across the focus area.” “It was necessary to construct a network of bulk sewers to facilitate the transfer of sewage from smaller plants to the Zwelitsha plant with associated structures such as pipelines bridges, screens and pumps stations. Sojini said the amalgamation of the plants will reduce the operational cover over the life of the plant and that upgrading all smaller plants would be more expensive. “The project will focus on the Schornville, Zwelitsha, Breidbach and Bhisho WWTWs and that the later be upgraded as regional 35MI/day capacity WWTWS and the remaining smaller plants decommissioned.” He added that phase one of the project has kicked off and that 30 percent of the work has been completed. Phase one which has ate away an amount of R15 million of the budget consist of seven kilometers of 700mm – 80mm diameter gravity outfall sewer taking the raw sewage water from Schornville Water Treatment Plant to Zwelitsha WWTWs. In Phase two the upgrading of the works will be done in two phases with the first phase consisting of upgrading of the works to 17.5 mega litres per day. The following new main infrastructure will be constructed during this phase: Ø A new inlet works with an odour control building Ø A division box to allow for dividing flows equally to the reactors. Ø A new 24 000m³ Reactor with Anaerobic, Anoxic and Aerobic zones with necessary recycling streams Ø A division box to divide the flow from the two reactors to 6 x Secondary Setting Tanks (SST’s) Ø 3 x 29m diameter SST’s Ø 1 x Chlorine contact tank Ø Return Activated sludge (RAS) screw pump station Ø Drainage Pump Station Ø Peak flows balancing Tank Ø Sludge dewatering building Ø Administration Building Ø Plant operators living contours Ø Chemical dosing and storage building Ø Related Civil Engineering Structures – that is roads, storm water and washwater Major developments for Mdantsane urban hub The funding has been allocated under the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant (NDPG) and a precinct plant, designed by the Urban Design Concept Company, was presented to National Treasury earlier this year by a delegation sent by the City. The City on Tuesday 16 August hosted the Mdantsane Urban Stakeholder (Highway) Workshop at Mdantsane Sun Hotel to engage as well as to let them know about the upgrade and development plans that are soon to happen in the CBD. Speaking at the delegates at the workshop, Project Manager from Urban Concept Designs Sopna Kumar- Nair said, “The urban upgrades will focus on expanding and consolidating the existing economic heart of the CBD through the creation of new anchors and facilities. It will also enhance existing streets and creating new tree-lined streets as well as space.” The upgrades will also include the creation of prominent and pedestrian-friendly gateways into the CBD as well as creating new higher density social housing and mixed uses on strategic sites and lastly open up access bottlenecks as well as creating a network of well-connected streets and spaces throughout the CBD. Kumar-Nair mentioned that additional funding will be available from National Treasury to initiate the implementation of the anticipated projects. “The historic, cultural and sporting significance of the hub is also acknowledged in the plan and various opportunities are identified for the further development of these,” adds Kumar-Nair. Acting HoD for Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) Neo Moerane said, “We want Mdantsane to be our pride and joy and that it will happen. After this session as entities we must go back and plan. Remember, this is also a concerted concept to deliver on the IDP budget.” She also emphasised that the Metro is all about township regeneration as well as boosting the economy. A resident from Mdantsane Anelisa Luwa said, “We are so happy that finally Mdantsane will receive the recognition it deserves as it is one the biggest township in South Africa. I am also pleased with the job creation the project will come with.” According to a Council Report a detailed study by Buffalo City Metro is on the cards to determine the exact capacity of existing infrastructure as well as the upgrade requirements in relation to water, sanitation, storm water, electricity and roads. Work underway to restore water in the Metro There are currently problems with the inverted siphon (water cannot be sucked from the holding dam to the treatment plant). The technicians are trying to prime the siphon and installing a direct feed from the canal around the holding dam and straight to the treatment works. We have dispatched water tankers to hospitals and old age homes as this is our first level of intervention. Water tankers will be dispatched to communities as well. Reservoir levels are critically low throughout East London and will affect all the supply zones. The works of installing the pipes is expected to be finished by midnight. Fully recovery of the system pressure will take 3 to 6 days. People that still have water supply should use water sparingly. We apologise for the inconvenience and assure you we are doing all in our control to restore the water supply to normal as. We apologize for all the inconvenience. New houses for Mdantsane Cluster Speaking about the initiative Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “These are the housing units built in this area to reduce the number of shacks. We hope you will keep these houses safe and secure.” 87-year-old Alfred Ngqaba, one of the beneficiaries from Ilinge said that it’s a great pleasure to have received a new house and furniture. Another beneficiary who received a new house is Nocawe Dube. Her shack burnt down few months ago. “I did not only receive a new house but also new furniture for my house and I am very grateful to the Metro.” As part of the City’s efforts to build more houses for its residents, Mdantsane Cluster 1 units form part of the initiative. Over 1400 housing units will be built in the area and already 49 units have been completed. Areas that fall under Mdantsane Cluster 1 include Masibambane 156, Masibulele 161, Ilinge 561, Velwano 420 and Dacawa 161. The development is an upgrading of infill areas, it was held back by lack of bulk sanitation. According to a press release issued by the Metro, the Metro’s Engineering Department has upgraded the services to allow for the development of these areas. “These areas are along the Mdantsane Bufferstrip under Ward 12, 14 and 17.” Comments are closed.