KwaNovuka rural water supply project, Natal, South Africa

Communities such as KwaNovuka in Natal, South Africa, are desperately in need of water services. Traditionally, these communities have depended on small springs for water but, with the burgeoning population and the need to share the water with livestock, supply has become both inadequate and prone to water-borne disease.

Aurecon was appointed by the Umgungundlovu District Municipality for the preparation of the business plan to access funding and for the design and site supervision of the KwaNovuka rural water supply project.

The project has two phases: Phase A, and B. Phase A will serve 549 households in the KwaNovuka community. The value of Phase A is estimated at R17 million and some:

  • 3 concrete reservoirs (2 x 300 kl and 1 x 180 kl)
  • 3 borehole pump-stations, supplying a total of approximately 296 kl/day
  • A package water treatment plant
  • Almost 60 km of pipeline, including HDPE, uPVC and Klambon piping.

The Phase B construction contract will supply bulk water to a 500 household Department of Housing Settlements development.

The design and planning of the KwaNovuka project was made more complex by the need to allow for integrating the project into a larger regional water supply scheme, currently being designed by other consultants. For example, the rising main has been designed to allow the pipeline to be used in the future as a gravity pipeline. This change will be implemented once the regional scheme has been completed and tied into the overall KwaNovuka supply network.

An important feature of this project is that it has been utilised to capacitate members of the local community and contribute towards skills development in the area. To this end, two candidates selected from the community have received in-service training on the Phase A project, with a further two persons to receive in-service training on the Phase B project. In addition, members of the community employed on the project have received on-the-job training under the supervision of the main contractor.

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