WATER SUPPLY EMERGENCY
Please advised that the water levels at Newton Reservoir are at an extremely low point, which effectively means we are unable to build up enough pressure to supply water to the city especially the high lying Suburbs. The inability to balance the water supply and demand has led to a struggle to build up reserve. The situation was compounded by a leak on a chlorination pipe at the Riverton Purification plant which has been fixed already.
All options are being looked at and implemented to raise these levels including using the 900mm pipeline totally dedicated to supply the dams at newton to speed up the process including supply to the off take, this means the low lying areas will also be interrupted. In order to build up capacity and pressure, we will be implementing a water supply emergency. We will suspend water supply until tomorrow, Thursday 19th November 2015 at 4am in order to build the reserve on the 45 mega litre dam. We will reassess the impact in the morning and decide on further action and residents can expect nightly interruptions including during the day:00 on a daily basis until the situation has stabilised. We apology for the inconvenience.
WATER INTERRUPTION ALERT
The Sol Plaatje Municipality (SPM) will be conducting further work on the two main supply pipelines that deliver water to the city of Kimberley from Riverton Purifications works. This phase will entail the replacement of valves on both the 600mm and the 925mm pipe lines on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November 2015.
Despite our best efforts not to interrupt supply, we advise that the city will experience an interruption of water supply to the whole city from Friday evening to Sunday morning. Our reserves are at full capacity and we wish to maintain this position for the hot and dry season.
It is expected that the total replacement work will take about 36-40 hours from start to finish. Accordingly we will cease pumping water from Riverton at 5pm on Friday 13th November as well as supply to the city from Newton Reservoir. Work will commence thereafter and will continue till late Saturday night. It is intended to supply water when work is complete.
It is for this reason that we will be asking all the residents to only use water sparingly during the particular weekend. We urge society to use water for essential purposes such as drinking, cooking and personal hygiene etc and to avoid car washing and gardening.
Each house hold is being requested to make adequate provision for the period. On average, we recommend that between 150 litres to 300 litres will be required per family while we would also like to caution everybody on the safety children when storing such quantities. Contingency plans are being drawn up to supply the affected areas with mobile and static water tanks which will be supervised at all times to avoid misuse This process will be managed by the Fire Emergency Services and the public can call the telephone numbers 053 8324211 in this regard.
BACKGROUND TO PROJECT
The Sol Plaatje Municipality (SPM) draws water from the Vaal River that is located 16 kilometres from Kimberley and pumped to Kimberley Newton Reservoir while the areas of Galeshewe and Roodepan is serviced directly from the pipeline.
During the past years our water business has not been operating at optimum levels and that unacceptable levels of water losses have occurred. These water loss problems was also compounded by commercial problems in invoicing and collecting revenue from consumers. The above is resulting in high levels of non-revenue water which was putting financial strain on the municipality. To a large extend we have minimised the commercial losses but now need to fix the technical issues.
Two areas will be focused on, (a) namely the installation of new valves on the two mainlines at the midlands point. This will enable us to control and manage supply between the two lines. (b) The installation of a bypass link the 450 line and the 650 line near Barkly Rd as well, as related work of zonal metering project. This will improve supply to areas such as Galeshewe, Homelite and Kimdustria. Project leader for the work will be Mr Hennie Harding and Mr Motale Selesho of Sol Plaatje municipality while the work will be by contracted companies.
The following is reported in terms of Chapter 1 Section 6(3) of the Supply Chain Management Policy, for the period 1 April 2015 to 30 June 2015
- Implementation of the Supply Chain Management Policy.
The Supply Chain Management Policy was implemented and adhered to in accordance with Council Resolution C265/11/14
- Confirmation of Implementation of delegated powers.
It can be confirmed that all delegated powers from Council are implemented to comply with responsibilities in terms of chapter 8 of the Act (MFMA). All procurement is done on updated, approved delegations and sub delegations in terms of Section 4 and 5 of the Supply Chain Management Policy.
- Implementation of the Supply Chain Management – process
- Training of Supply Chain Management Officials.
Formal training of officials to meet the prescribed competency levels is well on track. Many have already met the requirements and more opportunities and resources have been made available to more junior staff and supervisors who also completed the training and waiting for their results.
SCHEDULED ELECTRICITY INTERRUPTION : ESKOM MAINTENANCE
Residents are kindly informed in advance of a temporary electricity interruption for the Riverton area, for Wednesday, 5th August 2015, from 06h00 to 19h00. This is to enable ESKOM to conduct maintenance at the Riverton Substation. This exercise will affect residents of Riverton and surrounding farms. The Riverton and Langley Resorts will be affected by the non-availability of electricity. We would like to warn residents that at all times, to treat the electricity appliances as “live” because electrical supply can be switched back at any time. Please note that this exercise will not affect our water supply in all areas, we will be able to supply from the Newton Reservoir to areas that usually get supplied directly from the main lines. The municipality would like to apologise for the inconvenience to all the residents, businesses and all those that will be affected.
NOTICE TO ALL SERVICE PROVIDERS : SUPPLIER REGISTRATION
We are approaching the cut off stage of our current supplier’s database and remind all existing and prospective providers WHO has not yet registered to urgently register now on our e-procure system: www.webportunities.net
We further urge all registered providers on webportunities to ensure that their supporting documents are still valid and up to date.
This notice also serves as compliance to the Supply Chain Management Regulations of 2005, section 14 (2).
Registration is free of charge and if you do not register, YOU WILL LOSE ALL FUTURE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES. Please ensure that you upload all mandatory documents. You will then be approved and issued a vendor number.
HAPPY EID MUBARAK 2015
On this joyous occasion of Eid-UL-Fitr the Executive Mayor K. D. Molusi wishes the community a Happy Eid Mubarak, May Allah bless you with Happiness and Grace your home with warmth and peace, May the auspicious occasion bring joy to your heart and home
HAPPY EID MUBARAK.
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT
Sol Plaatje Local Municipality is in dire need of Property Development to build 192 Houses for the Community of Kimberley provided in FLISP Property Development Programme. Location of this Proposed Property Development is on Lerato Park Erven, Barkly Road in Kimberley.
Sol Plaatje Local Municipality seeks to appoint Accredited Property Developers and Professional Service Providers to conduct a comprehensive Property Development Proposal to accommodate 192 Households approved by Council.
A feasibility study is to be conducted and at least three Expression of Interest are required for adjudication. Here under are the functions/duties to be rendered by the Property Developer:
UPDATE OF SCHEDULED WATER INTERRUPTION 10/07/2015
The Sol Plaatje Municipality wishes to alert the public of the emminant water supply interruption scheduled for 11 – 12 July 2015 due to the Bulk nfrastructure Repairs and Upgrades to improve the system, we urge the public to make necessary arrangements to ensure they have water during this period. You cooperation is highly appreciated. Download below schedule for water collection points during the water intteruption period.
NOTICE OF SCHEDULED WATER INTERRUPTIONS
The Sol Plaatje Municipality would like to announce the Confirmed dates of the Planned shutdown as Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July 2015. The planned major shutdowns will affect the entire city of Kimberley, Riverton and Plaatfontein in order to allow for repairs and an upgrades to be done on the main pipeline from Riverton to the city, as well as the installation of zonal meters.
We can also confirm that everything has been procured and the sites are being prepared in advance to minimise the downtime. The month of July has been chosen because of the low water consumption in the winter months, as well as the fact that it is school holidays so disruptions will be minimal. We would like to give the assurance that everything is being done for a seamless execution of the repairs and instillations. Six places will be attended too, by two contractors teams while our own teams from Waterworks Section will conduct repairs on areas that have been reported. Each house hold is being requested to make adequate provision for the two days period, on average, we recommend that between 150 litres to 300 litres will be required per family while we would also like caution everybody on the safety children when storing such quantities. Contingency plans have been prepared to ensure that static water tanks and mobile tanks will be deployed throughout the city to supply water. This process will be managed by the Fire Emergency Services and the public can call the telephone numbers 053 8324211 in this regard.
BACKGROUND TO PROJECT
The Sol Plaatje Municipality (SPM) realised during the past couple of years that their water business is not operating at optimum levels and that unacceptable levels of water losses are experienced. The water loss problem is compounded by commercial problems in invoicing and collecting revenue from consumers. The above is resulting in high levels of non-revenue water which is putting financial strain on the municipality. The objective of the Non-revenue Water (NRW) Minimisation Project was to evaluate the extend of the situation, investigate the causes and formulate and implement solutions to address the challenges and reduce the levels of non-revenue water in order to make the water business of the municipality more efficient and sustainable. The project is funded by the SPM.
STUDY FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONSThe NRW Audit revealed that 45% of all the water produced (production on average 75 ML/day) was lost due to leakage in the system, 6.6% was wasted or lost in internal leaks by consumers who were not paying their bills, 10.1% was used by unauthorised/unregistered consumptions and 7.1% was not recorded due to lack of meter readings or problematic meters. In fact only 26.2% of the water produced was properly metered, invoiced for and paid for by consumers. Rehabilitation and Optimisation Plans were also presented to the SPM, which consisted of a Commercial Rehabilitation programme and a Network Optimization programme. The Network Optimisation plan proposed minimal interventions that would render the network functional, both for present and future demands and properly reduce leakage by as much as 30% and reduce electricity costs from pumping by as much as 20%. Recommendations include zoning of the system into 15 zones, installation of bulk meters, installation of pressure reducing valves where required, decommissioning of 26 km of unnecessary pipes and the installation of a total of 6 km of new pipes to facilitate flow and replace undersized pipes.