South Africa: Phase 3 of Maclear wastewater treatment project set for June

Malmesbury Wastewater treatment plant in South Africa
Malmesbury Wastewater treatment plant in South Africa

Construction works on phase 3 of the Maclear Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) located in Joe Ggabi District Municipality in Eastern Cape, South Africa, is set to begin this June. Gibb, a South African black owned engineering firm, has said.

Phase III works will see to it that the main sewage pump station is also constructed. The old sewage ponds will also be closed and rehabilitated. Completion of Phase III is set to see the wastewater treatment plant run at full capacity.

Upon completion, it is expected that the capacity of WWTW will be increased to 14001 400 kℓ/d from 700 kℓ/d. This will be after the addition of a reactor, secondary settling tank and chlorine contact tank, among other mechanical and electrical works.

According to the engineering and project leader for Gibb, Victor de Wet, who is also in charge of the design and supervision of phase III of construction, the wastewater treatment project will help the Joe Gqabi district municipality comply with the Green Drop standards established by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The water treatment works will also help prevent pollution of the Mooi River thus eliminating bucket sanitation.

De Wet also noted that the first two phases of the Maclear Waste water Treatment Works had the latest technologies and systems installed during construction. Gibb also ensured that the wastewater project received operation and maintenance guidance while at the same time training the operators of the wastewater treatment plant and others in the surrounding area.

Completion of completion of environmental assessments for phases 4 and 5 of the Maclear wastewater treatment project recently has resolved concerns relating to the same. The two phases will entail full waterborne sewage reticulation for the project.

Upon completion, the Maclear Waste water Treatment Works will handle all of the town’s waste water and effluent from Fourie street reticulation system that has been upgraded. The country has also been undertaking other wastewater treatment projects in Sicelo and Mamello bulk projects in Midvaal (Sicelo) and Vall Marina (Mamello) set to be completed in 2017 and also to be undertaken by Gibb. South Africa’s  Johannesburg Water has also allocated US$630mn for replacement of sections of sewerage networks in Ivory Park Region A.

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