/ 29 July 2008

Jo’burg water infrastructure to get R75m upgrade

Johannesburg’s aging water infrastructure and sanitation will get a R75-million facelift, Johannesburg Water said on Monday.

”Johannesburg Water will spend R75-million for the pipe replacement programme in eight earmarked suburbs,” a Johannesburg Water statement said.

Findings by Johannesburg Water in an August 2007 study revealed that replacements of the aging water infrastructure across the city were needed.

In a statement, Johannesburg Water said R75-million was needed to wipe out backlogs in the rehabilitation and upgrading of municipal water infrastructure.

The aim of the programme would be to replace old and outdated infrastructure in a bid to deliver better service to customers across the city, the statement said.

The programme would also ensure that 900-million litres of waste generated daily was treated to the highest standards in line with the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s global practices. — Sapa