Replacement of existing water main in Mimosa Street back on track

20 Jun 2024

JEFFREYS BAY – The replacement of the old and deteriorating main water pipeline system in Mimosa Street, Jeffreys Bay, consisting of nearly R18 million, is back on track after some delays experienced by the appointed service provider.

The 12-month project, funded by the Water Services Infrastructure Grant, is expected to be completed by 30 September 2024.

“This project will not only upgrade critical infrastructure, but also reduce the frequency of pipe bursts in Mimosa Street,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Hattingh Bornman. “Most of the current bursts are due to the aging pipelines that have reached the end of their life expectancy.

“The pipeline being replaced is a main line, from which smaller reticulation pipelines distribute water to houses. This main line is prioritised because bursts here affect a large area, whereas bursts in smaller pipelines only impact one or two streets.”

Scope of Work

The project involves constructing a new 2,200-meter uPVC water main (315mm in diameter) from Mimosa Street to Noorsekloof Road, which will connect to existing water pipelines.

The new pipeline will be laid along the left-hand edge of the roadway, involving the saw cutting and excavation of existing asphalt and layer works.

Additionally, fire hydrants and a pressure-reducing valve will be installed.

Upon completion, Mimosa Street will be resealed and furnished with new road markings. So far, 350 meters of the 2 340 meters of road surface have been reinstated, with the next resurfacing section scheduled for the third week of June.

The project also includes installing a 500-meter pipeline (160mm in diameter) along Da Gama Road.

Economic Development

“To give back to the community and promote local economic development, about 20% of the contract value will be subcontracted to local Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs),” said Bornman.

“It is my unwavering vision to continue building Kouga as a municipality of opportunity for all – where anyone from any background can realize their potential and enjoy a high-quality standard of living.

“We thank residents for their cooperation and patience during this time.”