PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma is expected to officially open the multimillion-rand Ncora water treatment works in Cofimvaba today, which will benefit 148 villages in Intsika Yethu, Ngcobo and Sakhisizwe local municipalities.
Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) communications manager Thobeka Mqamelo said this CHDM cluster project aimed at eradicating water backlog in the Ncora area.
Villages are currently serviced by surface water and boreholes which tended to be unreliable.
Mqamelo said the project was done in phases due to budget constraints with the Ncora water treatment works one of the bulk supply projects.
“It entails construction of the Ncora scheme provision of a five megalitres/day output, water treatment works and two bulk pumping stations, four staff houses and three bulk reservoirs, 111km of connector supply lines and three service pumping stations, 15 service reservoirs, 480 standpipes, 19 water meters and 96km of reticulation mains,” Mqamelo said.
The project was 87% complete since its start in July 2012 and was due for completion in November 2013.
“The total amount spent to date on this project is R246-million. An additional R15-million is being spent at Banti/ Fameni village, the host village of the project, on water reticulation in order to benefit the immediate communities to the water treatment works,” Mqamelo said.