The Rand Water Sedibeng Sanitation Scheme in South Africa is set to undergo major reconstruction to help unlock the residential and business developments in the Vaal area and other parts of South Johannesburg.
This was recently noted by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
Quite a number of property developments in the region had come to a standstill due to the fact that the Sanitation plant was operating 151 mega liters way above its 100 mega liters capacity.
The reconstruction will help the plant get a capacity of 50 mega liters by 2017 and an additional 50 mega liters by 2018. All this will help unlock major property developments and prevent the overflow of sewage into the Vaal and local streams.
Up to 12 government housing construction developments in the region with a yielding capacity of over 50 000 units for needy households had been affected by the shortage capacity for treatment of sewage.
Other developments in the region that were also affected include Vaal River City development, Savana City and Sebokeng extension 28. Developments by the private sector and some business projects were also affected.
According to the Minister for Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, renovation of the plant would be done in different stages.
This would entail refurbishment of existing infrastructure in Emfuleni and Midvaal municipals to reduce the occurrence of spillage of raw siwage while at the same time ensuring they received quality from the Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW). There will also be Expansion of the existing wastewater infrastructure for both municipals to tackle under capacity of WWTW and the construction of a new WWTW around sedibeng municipal.
Works on the Sedibeng Sanitation Scheme will help create up to 6000 jobs for locals.