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NMBM installs water management valves to reduce consuption

Published: July 15, 2021

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has embarked on a City wide pressure reduction (PRV) system installation to help achieve the much needed decrease in water consumption to prevent the dire situation of the City running out of water.

The combined levels of the main dams supplying the City are currently at just above 10 percent, with the level of our main supply dam, the Kouga Dam, declining rapidly to below 4 percent. 

The Kouga dam supplies the area of KwaNobuhle, one of the City's biggest townships, and the St Albans area, which has the St Albans Correctional Facility, accommodating more than five thousand prisoners.

The pressure management installations will contribute towards efficient water consumption, reduce water leaks and pipeline failures while assisting NMBM Water Services Department in controlling our water network and supply. It will also reduce the cost of maintenance and contribute to longer asset life.

Currently, 63 district metered areas throughout the City are already managed through PRVs. This equates to about 24 percent of the municipal water network. Additional sites have been identified, and more installations are currently underway.

Speaking at one of the sites where a PRV has been installed in Kabega Park, Mayoral Committee Member for Infrastructure and Engineering, Cllr Thsonono Buyeye, said that the PRV installation project was one of the more unpopular projects that the City had to accelerate in terms of implementation.

"Through this project, the residents will in some instances experience low pressure in their water supply. Although efforts are being made to decrease the impact as much as possible through targeting certain time frames, it is evident that some residents will be inconvenienced," said MMC Buyeye.

Buyeye said that the City was now racing against time to avoid situation of KwaNobuhle running dry.

A five kilometer pipeline is being installed to connect KwaNobuhle to the water system from Nooitgedagt. The project is expected to be completed by the end of August. The City has already started to install water tanks in KwaNobuhle to service the community should the area run dry.

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