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Uthukela case study: Refurbishment vs Replacement
Expanded Title:South Africa has approximately 850 municipal treatment plants. In a recent Green Drop evaluation carried out, 55% of the treatment plants investigated scored below 50%, indicating that drastic improvements are required. This trend in many cases is due to minimal maintenance and replacement, causing infrastructure and equipment to deteriorate to the extent that replacement is considered. However, refurbishment is an option that should be considered. uThukela Municipality has managed to achieve significant improvements at many of its treatment plants through improved management practices and refurbishments. uThukela Water (located in northern KwaZulu Natal) was launched in April 2005, to provide support to its municipalities in terms of both water supply and sanitation/wastewater conveyance and treatment. The uThukela Water service area is mostly a rugged area that includes parts of the Drakensberg, with a dispersed rural population in small towns and villages. Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are therefore scattered and small with limited access to funds, senior process and operating personnel and mechanical/maintenance support. This report focuses on the sanitation services provided. The objectives of this study were to: • Investigate case studies on WWTP refurbishments in the uThukela Municipality; • Investigate the financial implications of refurbishment; • Investigate the technical implications; and • Highlight lessons learnt.
Date Published:01/02/2013
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Wastewater Management - Domestic
Document Keywords:Municipality
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 480/12
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0222-5
Authors:Toerien A ; Dama-Fakir P; du Preez H
Project No:K8/934
Organizations:Golder Associates Africa (Pty) Limited
Document Size:10 804 KB
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