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More sewer upgrades in the pipeline

15 July 2015
Five more pumpstations are set to be upgraded at Jeffreys Bay in 2015/2016. Here Infrastructure Portfolio Councillor Patrick Kota and Project Management Unit Manager Ashley Perils visit one of the four stations that were upgraded in the previous financial year.

Five more pumpstations are set to be upgraded at Jeffreys Bay in 2015/2016. Here Infrastructure Portfolio Councillor Patrick Kota and Project Management Unit Manager Ashley Perils visit one of the four stations that were upgraded in the previous financial year.

KOUGA Municipality is surging ahead with its programme to reduce sewerage spills at Jeffreys Bay, with five more pump stations set to be upgraded over the next year.

A tender notice for the upgrades was advertised earlier this month. A compulsory clarification meeting for prospective contractors will take place on Monday, with the closing date for the tenders set at August 7, 2015.

In terms of the tender document the target stations are 4A, in Koraal Street near the Jeffreys Bay High School, and 4B, on the outskirts of town. Also on the list are the Sandkasteel pump station at Diaz Road, the Cormorant pump station near the Marina Martinique and the Melkhout pump station in Kabeljous.

Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas said the upgrades were necessary because of the expansion of the population and the ongoing risk of loadshedding.

“We promised in the State of the Municipality Address that we would put measures in place to reduce the risk of sewerage spills linked to interruptions in the electrical supply. The upgrades will, therefore, include the installation of standby generators so as to ensure that these stations continue operating even when there is loadshedding or other breaks in the electrical supply,” she said.

The upgrades will also include the fencing of the pump station sites at Koraal Street, 4B and Cormorant. Additional pumps will be installed at the Koraal Street and 4B pump stations so as to increase the capacity of the stations.

“These two pump stations are critical to the Jeffreys Bay sewerage system. They are two of the largest pump stations, serving between 70% and 80% of the town’s population, and pump bulk sewerage towards the waste water treatment works,” the Mayor said.

“The pump stations can no longer accommodate the large inflow experienced, especially during the holiday season. An additional pump will, therefore, be installed at Koraal Street while two more pumps will be installed at 4B.”

Kouga Municipality has been improving the sewerage system of Jeffreys Bay systematically over the past few years.