While the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro still suffers from strict water restrictions, the Municipality has in the meantime started with the upgrading of the Nooitgedacht Low Level Scheme.
This upgrade, at a cost of R450 million, is aimed at allowing an additional 70Ml of water to be pumped into the distribution network every day.
Nooitgedacht brings water from the Gariep Dap through the Sundays River Valley to provide water for areas like Uitenhage, Despatch, Deal Party and Blue Water Bay.
According to Kupido Baron, Municipal Spokesperson, nine contracts in total will be awarded for this project, of which two have already been granted. These two contracts are the laying of pipes, which are more than 1meter in circumference. He added that the project will be fully implemented from July 1 this year and should take about 16 months to complete.
This project was part of the municipality’s long term planning, and was planned to be implemented in 2013. It was decided to start with this project as early as possible because of the ongoing drought.
-Port Elizabeth Express
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