Drought Relief for Kwazulu-Natal Province, South Africa
The operation company started to produce and supply clean drinking water into the Richards Bay reticulation system in November 2016.
The completion of the project achieved at the end of February 2017 to supply a total of 10,000 m3/day for residents.
It is also an innovative and immediate response to an emergency situation. Desalination is certainly growing in popularity as the key answer in a crisis.
Challenges drove the department to seek and provide a short term intervention.
This was done by the introduction of the 10 Megalitre/day desalination plant in order to augment the domestic water supply and avoid further hardship for the communities in and around Richards Bay.
The desalination plant will benefit the whole town of Richards Bay and surrounding communities from the sea water treated. It will directly benefit the communities of Mandlazini, Nseleni, Khoza, Mzingazi and the Mbonambi Rural Water Supply Scheme.
The water reservoirs in the region have greatly improved since the operation of the desalination plant adding water security and reliability. The reservoirs in this respect include Mapolwane, Khoza, Nseleni, Mandlazini, Meerensee and Brackenham. These reservoirs have moved from an average of 55% to 90%.
Minister Mokonyane aptly put it: “We are delighted to announce that the desalination plant is now 100% complete and functional. In fact, the plant started to produce water on the 14 November 2016 and a total of 10ML/day production was commissioned by 25 January 2017”.