Desalination Plant for Swartkops

www.MyPE.co.za: At a
breakfast meeting held at the Radisson
Hotel
this morning the Nelson
Mandela Bay Municipality’s, Barry Martin presented a snapshot of just
where we are in relation to the present Drought and revealed some of
the future plans to ensure that residents of the metro will have access
to water in the years ahead.

The time line of the
drought thus far:

  • Barry Martin, Thontsi and Mayor Xanoxolo Wayile23 July 2009 – NMBM
    Council establish a drought committee
  • August 2009 – Publicity campaign
  • October 2009 – 1st Water Restriction Notice 1
  • 1 November 2009 – 2nd Water Restriction Notice 2 &
    increase in tariffs.
  • 1 February 2010 – 2nd tariff increase
  • 18 February 2010 – Agreed Action Plan
  • 25 February 2010 – Screening Workshop
  • 26 February 2010 – Options Review Workshop
  • 1 March 2010 – Feedback to IAPs
  • 8 March 2010 – Disaster Management meeting
  • 8 March 2010 – Commencement of interventions
  • 17 March 2010 – Mayoral Approval
  • 25 March 2010 – Council Approval
  • 23 April 2010 – Disaster Declaration by Province (Gov.
    Notice 2348)
  • May 2010 – Funding submission to Provincial D.M.
  • July 2010 – DORA amendment
  • August 2010 – Project commencement

Until such time as the DORA amendment, the Nelson Mandela Bay
Municipality has agreed to provide bridging
finance.

Churchill Dam Rainfall Chart
The
main cause of the present drought is the fact that the Churchill
Dam and surrounding area has experienced the lowest consecutive
rainfall figures for the last two years in known history.

The outlook for the
coming months is not predicted to be entirely
favourable either:

  • May, June and July: 45 – 50% probability of below normal
    rainfall
  • June, July and August: 40 – 45% probability of above normal
    rainfall
  • July, August and September: 40 – 45% probability of below
    normal rainfall

The Drought Interventions
introduced thus far are:

Start Due Cost
Drought
Campaign to reduce water consumption
August
2009
On
Going
10
000 000
Maximisation
of supply from Nooitgedacht Scheme
January
2010
On
Going
1
000 000
Desalination of Sea Water: Swartkops October
2010
May
2011
750
000 000
Groundwater
Scheme
September
2010
March
2011
Water
Conservation and Water Demand Management:
Schools Water Loss
Programme, Low Income Housing Water Loss Programme, Water loss detection
September,
May, July 2010
On
Going
100
000 000
Fast
Track Nooitgedacht Low Level Scheme
September
2010
December
2011
80
000 000
Accessing
Low Level Storage in Impofu Dam
July
2010
Nov
2010
650
000 000
Promote
the use of rainwater tanks
January
2010
On
Going
TOTAL: 1
596 000 000

Major strides will be made with the commissioning of an operational
centre on 1 June 2010 which will be staffed 24 hours a day and
residents will be able to report leaks and abuse to on the following
number: 0800 20 5050.

The desalination of sea water project saw a number of sites being
considered such as: Gamtoos River, Beach wells, Driftsands reuse,
Kromme River, Coega Harbour and Swartkops.

Swartkops Desalination PlantThe old Swartkops
Power Station is the preferred and chosen location as
existing infrastructure can be used. The existing sea water canals that
were used for cooling are an ideal intake mechanism and the proximity
of a 450 diameter water pipeline to Struandale Reservoir will reduce
the costs further. Brine can be discharged via the existing Fish Water
Flats sea outfall. Environmental studies have been accessed and
discussed and are deemed acceptable. The next step is to embark on a
public participation process.

The Swartkops desalination reverse osmosis plant will provide 20
Megalitres per day.

Barry Martin congratulated the metro residents for their water saving
efforts thus far, saying that these water saving efforts had succeeded
in extending the existing estimate on water resources to the beginning
of 2011.

But, a renewed call has been made on the business sector to save
another 25% on existing use as well as the tourism and hospitality
sectors to renew efforts to conserve water.

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