The Brits Water Treatment Works (BWTW) is part of a R381 million upgrade plan by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Madibeng Local Municipality to address water challenges in Majakaneng.

The upgrade of the BWTW includes the replacement of sand filters which was completed in July 2014 by Magalies Water.

The works will ensure that the Brits Water Treatment Works has an additional production capacity of 20Ml/d.

Work has started

To date, work at the BWTW has started with civil works (Phase 1) which will be implemented by DWS Construction Unit as contractors and two Professional Service Providers (PSPs) have been appointed for electrical and mechanical works.

Phase 1 of the Brits Water Treatment Works is envisaged to be completed by August 2015 and Phase 2 which includes mechanical and electrical will follow thereafter, while the entire upgrade of the BWTW is envisaged to be completed by 2017/2018 financial year.

Vandalism and leakages

However, in the short-term, DWS allocated R1.1 million to the Madibeng local municipality to address the water challenges in Majakaneng which are mainly attributed to vandalism and leakages in the water supply system.

The Madibeng Local Municipality is currently embarking on leak detection exercise as well as filling the reservoirs and will soon commence with distribution of water in order to identify and repair visible leaks.

This exercise will require isolation of certain sections of Majakaneng and therefore it is expected that not all the sections will have water.