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Port Alfred Business Forum update on current status of water and sewerage in Port Alfred

Port Alfred Business Forum update on current status of water and sewerage in Port Alfred

After the absence of a file from the Ndlambe Municipality Joint Operations Committee (JOC) for a number of weeks, the Port Alfred Business Forum has launched a assertion on the water disaster, with a summary of interventions during the final 12 months, an update on the reverse osmosis (RO) plant undertaking and additionally briefly alluding to the High Court case that overturned Ndlambe’s first subtle for the RO plant for being irregular and illegal. For context, scrutinize past articles on the water disaster and court case on Discuss of the Town’s web content.

The PABF assertion:

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INTRODUCTION: Against a growing backdrop of misinformation and speculation unfold on social media with regard to the water disaster in Port Alfred, the Port Alfred Business Forum called for an urgent meeting with key officials in Ndlambe Municipality. We requested the local ward councillor, Raymond Schenk, Dawie van Wyk of Port Alfred Residents and Ratepayers Association, and Russell Jackson-Moss of CDR Electrical to join the meeting and to present their input. A bunch of local business of us were additionally current at the meeting.

The object of the meeting modified into to prevail in an understanding of the current situation with regard to water and sewerage points, and to originate a working committee alongside the municipality to obtain certain the honest information surrounding these contentious points are communicated to residents and businesses alike.


– The water situation at current: Infrastructural development director Noluthando Vithi explained that the current water situation in Port Alfred is serious. Water can no longer be pumped from the Sarel Hayward Dam by conventional pumps, thus a puny submersible floating pump is presently being broken-down to extract water from the very unfriendly of the dam. The East Bank dune pumps are currently producing 50% of their capability per day (0.18ML per day), and additionally, two farm boreholes are supplying water to Bathurst and Port Alfred on alternate days. Total current water production is roughly 2.2ML per day.

On moderate, the town uses 6.8ML per day off season, and up to eight.6ML per day during high season. Thus there could be a shortfall of roughly 4.5ML per day. In essence this implies that it is no longer attainable to pump water to the elevated areas in either the West or East Bank.

  • – Factors leading to the current disaster and actions taken to mitigate:
  • o East Bank Dune Pumps and Central Boreholes: The Jap Cape has been experiencing extreme drought conditions since 2018. In the indicate time, application for funding modified into made to make stronger the East Bank dune arrangement, and to sink boreholes at the Central belt house to supplement Port Alfred’s water. This work modified into finished and water is being constructed from these sources.
  • o Reverse Osmosis plant life: Drought conditions continued, and additional application modified into made for a 2ML SWRO plant (sea water reverse osmosis) as phase 1, and for a additional 3ML reclaimed water reverse osmosis plant. An quantity of R20-million modified into granted for the 2ML plant, and later a additional R80-million for the 3ML plant. The draw modified into to have the plant life up and running by March 2020. The subtle modified into, nonetheless, contested and went to court. This resulted in your complete subtle route of having to be repeated in September 2020. Following a prolonged and transparent route of the subtle modified into re-awarded to the identical firm, Quality Filtration Programs, in December 2020. Work commenced on the plant grief in Port Alfred on January 29 2021, after the route of had been additional delayed by one other 20 days by the Division of Labour, who were required to signal permits.

The plant itself has already been constructed in Cape Town and might be despatched down to Port Alfred as soon because the on-grief preparation work has been carried out by the local contractors. It’s miles anticipated that the 2ML SWRO plant might be operational at the beginning of April 2020.

Questions were raised as as to whether or no longer the route of might even be accelerated, and if a penalty clause is in grief for the 20 day prolong. The approach unfortunately can no longer be accelerated – the plant has already been constructed in Cape Town and work has commenced on laying of pipelines, and many others. The 20 day prolong is not any longer the fault of the contractor – it modified into introduced on by the Division of Labour.

o Additional Boreholes: Understanding that the water disaster modified into deepening, the Municipality employed local hydrologist Etienne Mouton from Hallowed Ground, who acknowledged a number of sites in and around Port Alfred for additional boreholes. A number of boreholes were drilled, nonetheless, none yielded a fundamental quantity of water, with the exception of two additional boreholes on Hennie Nel’s Farm. These boreholes are presently being equipped and pipelines were laid. Dawie van Wyk, who is a geologist, additionally pointed out that boreholes in Port Alfred are no longer ideal as a result of of the bottom water pollution from a host of septic tanks / French drains. Thus boreholes producing water would be most efficiently drilled in three fractured quarzitic areas in and around Port Alfred. The Central belt is one of these fractured quarzitic areas between Kleinemonde and Nel’s Farm.

o Jo-Jo Tanks in: Jo-Jo tanks were purchased and installed at strategic points at some stage in Port Alfred, Nemato and Bathurst, from which residents can take water. Three water trucks service these tanks. Every of the trucks can raise 2 – 3 tanks loads of water. The water is carted from Boknes. Understandably, the route of of filling tanks and carting water takes time, and the Jo-Jo tanks are emptied sooner than they’re going to even be replenished. The approach can no longer be accelerated as Boknes has a RO plant, and it is far going to no longer kind water at a sooner fee. Surrounding municipalities are in the identical water disaster as ourselves, thus they’ll no longer present water, nor can other areas within Ndlambe.

  • o Water Schedules: Water phases are serious. Producing a most of 2.2ML per day of the mandatory 6.8ML per day, potential that there is insufficient present to obtain passable stress to pump to elevated areas. Shutting off water to one house and pumping to one other necessitates bleeding of pipes when the water is switched abet on. This is unavoidable and wastes a colossal deal of water. Different programs were tried to present all residents of Port Alfred, nonetheless, till now we have lawful rains and / or the RO plant life are up and running, there might be minute else that can even be done.
  • o Bathurst water at Lushington Dam: An alternative source of water has been scoped at Lushington River in Bathurst. Pipelines are currently being laid from this source to the Golden Ridge Dam. This water will ought to be pumped and an electrical source secured from Eskom, alternatively a generator might even be broken-down, but it completely is at high risk of vandalism. As soon as this undertaking is complete, the borehole water currently being shared from Port Alfred to Bathurst might even be re-directed to Port Alfred.

– Conclusion: Whereas it is frustrating that now we have a fundamental shortage of water, we are in extreme drought conditions. There are reports on social media of the next than moderate rainfall – unfortunately there modified into no longer passable, sustained rain in an effort to pump passable water to have faith the Sarel Hayward Dam. The rain in Port Alfred’s catchment house doesn’t have faith the Kowie River above the weir from the assign it is pumped into the Sarel Hayward Dam. Rain has to tumble in the Grahamstown catchment house for the water to walk into the Kowie River. Perfect 12 months the Grahamstown catchment house obtained effectively below its annual moderate rainfall. All avenues to find additional water sources were investigated and exhausted.

  • – Communication: Requests were made to talk points relating to the water disaster. This has been done on a fashioned foundation on plenty of platforms:
  • o Social Media : Discuss of the Town, Water Disaster Neighborhood, PARRA crew; WhatsApp Groups
  • o Discuss of the Town: Experiences are despatched to Discuss of the Town after JOC meetings
  • o Ndlambe FM: Ordinary talkshows featuring the Mayor, Municipal Supervisor and Director Vithi are aired on the radio
  • o Loud Hailing: Loud hailing is done on a fashioned foundation during the townships.
  • o Ndlambe Web grief

Communication will continue on these platforms.

SEWERAGE ISSUES RECENTLY EXPERIENCED IN PORT ALFRED: There sewerage in the CBD has no longer too long in the past been below strain with a number of sewerage spills. The main line between the Putt Bridge and KFC has been typically cleaned, nonetheless, the direct persists. The blame for this make up is extra plump, and although primarily the foremost businesses were investigated and they’re compliant in phrases of the mandatory plump traps, there are a variety of smaller takeaways which have sprung up along Main Boulevard that doubtless contribute to the direct. Neighborhood protection products and companies director Nombulelo Booysen-Willy explained that the landlords might be contacted regarding their tenant’s infringements. The Landlords might be required to envision the phrases of the lease settlement to ascertain whether or no longer food production is section of the lease settlement, in which case, after inspection the mandatory plump traps will ought to be installed by the Landlords. The municipality can no longer be held responsible for a landlord’s lease settlement.

To additional mitigate against the persist direct, a specialised firm from Port Elizabeth might be cleaning out the sewerage lines to obtain certain they’re all in working expose.

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY: Russell Jackson-Moss of CDR Electrical gave a quick outline of Port Alfred’s electrical energy assign up. CDR were appointed as electrical contractors in June 2020 and have inherited some archaic equipment that wants replacing. An audit of your complete electrical present arrangement modified into finished and plenty of initiatives were acknowledged to make stronger the arrangement and stabilize the network. Most up-to-date outages introduced on by contractors excavating has been solved because the CDR requests contractors to contact them earlier than digging any trenches. The house is scanned for electrical cables, and if stumbled on to be determined, digging can start. Furthermore Russel promised that any mandatory upgrades might be done out of business hours wherever attainable. CDR were thanked for the inconceivable Christmas gentle demonstrate. We were additionally elated to hear that plans are afoot to once again illuminate the Nico Malan Bridge. CDR have managed to obtain technical drawings of the bridge and have contacted a professional lighting firm. They’re awaiting quotations and decisions regarding the lighting of the bridge might be taken from there.

IN CONCLUSION: Marius Claasens [of CosiHome] pointed out that we are very quick to criticise when things hurry wrong, and seldom decide the time to find out the lawful information. Businesses are in Port Alfred by desire and are committed to improving our city. It makes sense to work together on common points for the larger lawful of all. We’re all committed to growing our city as a tourism destination. On the identical time, municipal supervisor Rolly Dumezweni pointed out that the municipality can no longer walk the town without businesses, as business creates jobs, principal to the economic steadiness of the town. Thus, we are committed to working together as a crew for the profit of Port Alfred.

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