16 Jul 2013 07:54

PRETORIA, July 15 (BERNAMA-NNN-SANEWS) -- Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza will launch the Bloemendal bulk water project which will help address issues of water-borne diseases and water shortages. Molewa and Mabuza will launch the project in Delmas, in the Victor Khanye Local Municipality on Tuesday. “The bulk water project is part of the government’s drive to bring services to the people of the country. Delmas is particularly critical as it has in the past had serious challenges of water as well as those of water-borne diseases. The launch of this bulk water project will go a long way in addressing these and ensuring there is no repeat of such challenges,” said the Mpumalanga provincial government. In the dry seasons especially the available volume of water has been inadequate to supply Delmas with a constant supply and the construction of the Bloemendal pipeline will address this. It will also allow for future growth and development. The project is designed to supply 25Ml/d (potable water) and is sufficient to meet water demand in the service area up to 2026. The new project incorporates a 10Ml reservoir located at mid-point of the new pipeline and is designed to improve system operation as well. With the introduction of the Bloemendal â€" Delmas pipeline the water distribution network is being reconfigured such that the Rand Water connection at Modder-Oos Reservoir supplies water to the reservoirs at Sundra and Ellof. The project will have further impact on the other areas within the Municipality. The Bloemendal â€"Delmas pipeline will service Delmas (town), Delmas West, Delmas Extension 1-7, Scheme 88, Delpark, Delpark Extension 2 & 4, Botleng Proper and Mandela informal settlement. The total number of households in this service area is 6880. The communities in the outlying Municipal areas like Hawerklip situated approximately 21 km South East from Delmas and Groenfontein situated 34km North East from Delmas, are currently receiving water by means of water tankers. Boreholes are planned to be drilled for these communities in order to have a non-interrupted water supply. -- BERNAMA-NNN-SAnews