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South Africa to launch water project

The project has been designed to supply 25mn litres of portable water per day. (Image source: ajleon/Flickr)

South Africa will soon see the launch of the Bloemendal bulk water project, which will attempt to address issues of water-borne diseases and water shortages in the Mpumalanga province

The South African water and environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa and Mpumalanga province premier David Mabuza will launch the project in Delmas, in the Victor Khanye municipality.

A statement from the Mpumalanga provincial government said, “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, seen serious challenges relating to water shortages and 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 situations again.

“In the dry seasons, especially, the available volume of water is inadequate to supply Delmas with a constant supply. The construction of the Bloemendal pipeline will seek to address this issue.”

The project has been designed to supply 25mn litres of portable water per day and will be sufficient to meet water demand in the service area up to 2026. The project will incorporate a 10mn litres reservoir located at mid-point of the new pipeline and has been designed to improve system operation as well.