A large-scale water supply scheme covering seven villages in uMuzimkhulu local municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, is nearing completion.
Zimile Consulting Engineers began implementation of the scheme in early May 2021, and hand over to the municipality is expected by the end of June.
The scope of the project included borehole drilling, network refurbishment, electrical work, design and construction of rising mains, and water storage tanks, among other requirements. The water scheme will provide rural communities with clean and safe drinking water, and cater for additional families coming into the villages.
“We were honoured to be awarded this contract, as the project was multifaceted. With several sites needing our attention, each with its own unique requirements and challenges, we were able to put our skills to the test. We needed to be dynamic and flexible for this undertaking to ensure the right solution was matched to each village’s water system,” said Zimile Consulting Engineers junior technologist Vuyokazi Radebe.
Many of the sites were in poor condition, with illegal connections and insufficient water treatment processes, making the water unsafe. Radebe noted that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to rural bulk water supply, particularly when it comes to aging, deteriorating infrastructure.
Across the seven villages, four new boreholes were drilled, and one borehole and two springs were refurbished. Three new water reticulation systems were designed and built, and another three reticulation systems were refurbished. A total of three new water storage tanks were installed.
Each site was equipped with control and monitoring technology where necessary, and pipes were repaired or replaced to ensure the infrastructure would hold firm for years to come.
Two sites were fitted with chlorine dosing plants to ensure the borehole water does not pose health risks to the communities.
“As we near the end of another successful project, we have added even more experience to our team. Working across scattered and remote communities was no simple task, but we rose to the occasion and are ready to apply the lessons learnt to our next rural infrastructure project,” Radebe said.