Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has launched the Vaal Gamagara Water Supply Scheme in the Northern Cape. The scheme is expected to meet water demand up to the year 2030.
The R18bn water project includes the refurbishment of the existing Vaal Gamagara Water Treatment Plant near Delpoortshoop, the upgrade of pump stations and the construction of a 430-km long pipeline to run from Delpoortshoop to Black Rock. The Department of Water and Sanitation said the upgrade was necessitated by the need to address ageing infrastructure and secure supply for the mining boom, especially in the John Taolo Gaetsewe locality.
“Growing agricultural water demands will also be addressed by this project now and in the future,” the department said. The project also includes equipping three borehole sites located in Danielskuil, Groenwater and Hotazel to augment water supplied from the Vaal River.
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