Umgeni Water - Hazelmere water pipeline on track
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Umgeni Water - Hazelmere water pipeline on track


Authorities have been working furiously to finish the augmentation scheme designed to inject
fresh life into Hazelmere Dam’s dwindling water supply.

Umgeni Water’s corporate stakeholder manager, Shami Harichunder, said on Wednesday that,
so far, 1.5 km of the 7.5 km-long pipeline had been put in the ground, putting the project on track
for the pipe’s commission into service by May 3.

The Daily News reported in January that tenders for the contract were awarded that month, and
work started immediately.

The project is believed to cost R35 million.

The emergency pipeline, when fully operational, he said, would allow an increased flow into the
dam, thus reducing the rate of decrease in capacity of the dam.

“Currently the dam drops one percent every seven days. If it does not rain and based on current
level of production, the dam will only have sufficient water to last until mid-September. The
emergency scheme, once implemented, will allow the water to last until the next rainfall season
(an additional two months).”

The emergency pipeline and a temporary pump station would daily transfer between 8 million
and 12 million litres of raw water from the uThongathi River to the dam.

He explained that the Hazelmere Waterworks treatment plant treated 45 megalitres (or 45 million
litres) of water a day to supply the eThekwini and iLembe municipalities.

The level of the Hazelmere Dam as yesterday was 46 percent, and the level has been falling
consistently since February 2015 because of below-average rainfall. 

The Daily News
March 26 2015 at 09:13am

Umgeni Water - Hazelmere water pipeline on track

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