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Manager: Water and Sanitation - Paradise Shilowa   015 290 2210

In line with national targets and trends for the management of water and sanitation, Polokwane Municipality has established the following objectives for such service rendering:
  • Provision of water to 100% of Polokwane residents above RDP level by 2008
  • Ensurance that 100% of Polokwane residents have access to RDP level sanitation by 2010
  • Compliance with national standards regarding water quality standards
  • Compliance with national standards regarding sewage purification standards
  • Transferral of DWAF assets and personnel to WSA
  • Compliance with WSA authority status, and
  • Completion of Section 78 process

In addition to the above objectives, the following core goals will underpin activities for the next ten years:
  • All people to have access to appropriate, acceptable, safe and affordable basic supply of water
  • All people be educated in healthy living practices and on the efficient use of water
  • Water and sanitation services to be provided in an equitable, affordable, effective, efficient and sustainable manner with gender sensitivity
  • All water services authorities to be accountable to their citizens, have adequate capacity to make wise decisions and be able to regulate water service provision effectively
  • Prices for water and sanitation services to reflect the fact that they are needed social and economic goods
 The Water and Sanitation services consist of the following sub-sections:
Water Purification
Polokwane Municipality is operating five water purification plants in the Polokwane Municipal area. We have taken over four plants from DWAF that includes, Chuene/Maja, Hout River, Molepo and Seshego Plants

Sewage Purification

We are operating three sewage purification plants in Polokwane Municipal area. We have taken over the Mankweng plant from DWAF as a water services authority. The purification capacity in the city is to be extended to cope with the city’s growth rate.
  • Bulk Water Supply
  • Water Reticulations
  • Sewer Reticulations
  • Laboratory Services

Objectives of each sub-section

 1.Water Purification
•Ensure that purification plants are developed to utilize maximum sustainable capacity of dams
•Extend Olifants sand transfer scheme purification plant to maximum capacity of 120ml/day to enhance the fast growth in Polokwane

 2.Sewage purification
•Construction of regional purification plant for city cluster to be fast tracked to handle fast growth of the city, developments in SDA 1 and sewer reticulation in Perskebult
•Upgrade and extend Mankweng purification plant
•Supply and/or upgrade oxidation ponds in areas with septic tanks such as Moletji, Thogoaneng and Sebayeng

 3.Bulk Water supply
•Upgrade and extend bulk water supply from Olifant sand transfer scheme
•Upgrade and refurbish bulk water supply line from Olifants sand purification plant to Lebowakgomo pump station
•Supply additional storage capacity for growth in city 50Ml first phase, 30Ml for SDA3 and pressure reservoir for high laying areas
•Construct bulk water lines and reservoirs for Sebayeng/Dikgale area
•Extend Moletji Central scheme to Olifants sand scheme to ensure sustainable bulk supply
•Refurbish and safe guard bulk water supply schemes from boreholes to villages
•Extend regional reservoirs fro effective sustainability in growth areas
•Remove illegal connections on bulk supply lines
•Ensure timeous bulk supply to large developments

 4.Water reticulations
•Fast track water supply to communities to reach 2008 national target
•Remove illegal water connections
•Extend metered water connections in villages where reticulation is completed
•Programme for the refurbishment of all existing schemes taken over from DWAF to be implemented
•Provision of sustainable Free Basic Water to be measured to ensure 6kilolitres per household
•Ensure that appointed contractors read all water meters to curb water losses
•Upgrading and replacement of old asbestos cement water reticulations in City, Seshego and Annadale
•Ensure that personnel are trained to supply effective operation and maintenance units for all clusters
•Ensure that reaction time to fix leaks adhere to legislation (48 hours)
•Extend and upgrade reticulation systems to ensure effective water supply where densification is taking place

 5.Sewer Reticulation
•Fast track rural sanitation project to reach national target of 2010
•Operation and Maintenance of Schemes to be upgraded regarding reaction time and work completed
•Refurbishment of all existing schemes with santar pipes in Seshego Zone 1 & 2
•Extend and upgrade reticulation systems to enhance densification and growth
•Ensure effective sewer drainage of large developers