Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, will today (14 April 2021) conduct an inspection at the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works in the City of Tshwane.
The Minister’s visit is aimed at seeing first-hand what progress has been made to have the facility operate optimally.
The Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works cleans most of the city of Tshwane’s sewage water but the aged plant can no longer cope with the load because of population growth.
“The City of Tshwane was instructed by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation during its oversight visits to the facility in 2019 and 2020 to promptly deal with the water and wastewater challenges which continue to pose serious health risks to communities,” said the Department of Water and Sanitation.
At that time the Department of Water and Sanitation acting director-general, Deborah Mochotlhi had attributed the notable lack of progress to resolving the water and wastewater challenges mainly to the instability of leadership in the city. This, said Mochotlhi, had had a negative impact on progress since the department had had to engage anew on several occasions.
Since then, said the Department in a statement on 13 April 2021, the city has managed to restore some level of normalcy at the works.
This includes the completion of all excavations to the design levels, fully installing two X belt presses and dredging of the maturation dam, as well as supplying chlorine on an ongoing basis.
In February this year, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) held an inquiry into the state of rivers in the City of Tshwane, subsequent to which communities and the various water users reported a case to the Chapter 9 institution.
Edited by ESI Africa. Source SANews.gov.za