Brown water, caused by high metal content, coming out of taps has become normal for frustrated residents of Wavecrest in Jeffreys Bay.
And the problem is here to stay.
Not even the multi-million Rand pilot plant that was installed at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works last year with the sole purpose of addressing the discolouration of water to parts of Wavecrest over the past seven years, has brought any relief.
According to the State of the Municipality Address (SOMA), the pilot plant itself is not enough to address the problem as a whole. It is hoped that the necessary funding will be secured to expand the plant.
According to municipal spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, it is estimated that about R100 million will be needed for the upgrade and related infrastructure requirements.
“’Basically, a whole new plant will have to be built. More boreholes will have to be drilled and connected to the plant. Another reservoir will also be needed,” says Randall.
“The pilot plant was built in conjunction with the Department of Water and Sanitation and we are still working with them to monitor how effective the pilot plant has been. We will also be working with them to secure funds.”
Randall says that the terrible drought in other parts of the country has, however, forced the Department to reprioritise their funding allocations. Their focus now is on drought relief and water conservation.
“It is, therefore, unlikely that they will be able to make funding available for a new plant in Jeffreys Bay in their next financial year,” says Randall.
“Kouga has a solid working relationship with the department and we are confident that, together, we will be able to make the new plant a reality.”
Source: Kouga Express