New plant to address water problems in Hammanskraal

Temba Water Treatment Plant Works during its initial phase.

The new water treatment plant in Temba will solve the water crises in the area permanently, Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga said this week.

For a while Hammanskraal residents had complained about the quality of water and Msimanga has now promised he would open the new plant on Friday 8 December.

Melodiforum Afrika-Borwa, an organisation representing the residents, wrote to the city (via Facebook) complaining about the quality of water in the area.

The organisation wrote: “The community of Temba has a serious problem with the quality of drinking water in the area. The water to be used for cooking and drinking has a rotten egg smell even after being boiled.”

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In his reply on Wednesday 6 December, Msimanga said: “This matter is receiving serious attention. We are actually opening a new plant in Hammanskraal on Friday to start dealing permanently with the problem.”

City of Tshwane officials on a site tour of Temba Water Treatment Plant Works in Region 2.

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According to the metro, the new plant would double the supply of potable water to the underserviced northern areas.

The city said it and its empowerment partners, had made good progress on extensions to the plant to boost the supply of treated water to Temba, Hammanskraal and Moretele from 30 million litres a day to 60 million.

At present, peak demand for water in the area is 68-million litres a day.

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Earlier this year, the mayor told the residents he was committed to giving all Pretoria residents “clean drinking water, environment, plus a plant that will take care of the city residents for years to come”.

The new plant includes additional water purification, associated distribution pipelines, flocculation channels, a settling tank, dissolved air flotation unit, gravity sand-filter gallery and clear-water tank.

The water purification technology will include ultraviolet treatment in addition to ferric-chloride and polyelectrolyte treatment.

 

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