Tshwane water plant upgrade underway

Tshwane water plant upgrade underwayA woman collects water from a neighbour's borehole in Stinkwater. (File Photo)

Upgrades to the Magalies Water Purification Plant near Hammanskraal are expected to bring relief to water insecure communities not only in Gauteng but in the North West’s Moretele Local Municipality.

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A woman collects water from a neighbour's borehole in Stinkwater
A woman collects water from a neighbour’s borehole in Stinkwater

According to a statement issued by Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso “Sputla” Ramokgopa, the project will increase the water supply to areas surrounding Hammanskraal like New Eersterust, as well as Dilopye, Makapanstad and Mogogelo in the North West.

Local community development worker from near Hammanskraal Andries Molema said community members are thrilled that they will no longer have to buy water.

In 2014, OurHealth reported that residents of nearby Stinkwater who did not have access to water had been forced to buy water from neighbours who were fortunate enough to have boreholes.

“We are delighted to see the starting of the purification plant,” Molema told OurHealth. “(It) is long overdue in this area, whereby people used to buy water that been provided free as a basic service”.

According to South African National Civic Organisation Zonal Executive Member Thabo Manyaka, the project has employed hundreds of local community members as labours for the upgrade. He added that he expected that thousands of residents would now be able to access clean water near their homes instead of relying on municipal water trucks.

The water treatment plant upgrade is expected to be completed by November 2017, according to Ramokgopa.