The scheduled Majuba tie-in and maintenance outage is off to a smooth start and proceeding according to plan. The bulk water pipeline which supplies Kriel in Emalahleni local municipality started on 23 February and is expected to be completed by 9 March according to a press statement issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Construction of railway line
Eskom is busy with the construction of a railway line from Ermelo to Majuba Power Station. Maintenance work on the pipeline, installation of new valves and replacing of leaking pipes with new ones is being undertaken by the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS). The railway line crosses DWS’s pipeline between Rietspruit reservoir and Davel.

Eskom requested the outage to coincide with the permanent deviation of the pipeline according to the DWS’s approved design. DWS engineers are involved in quality control for the duration of the construction phase.

Supplementary water
The DWS and Emalahleni Local Municipality are supplying water through strategically placed Jojo tanks within a reasonable distance to alleviate the local resident’s water shortages during the outage.

The DWS is confident that all work will be completed on schedule as great care has been taken in the planning and execution of the project to minimise risks and delays. This has been emphasised in the manner in which the work has already been conducted todate and the department hopes to continue in this positive manner.

Residents have been requested to be patient and cooperative during the disruptions and to use water sparingly and considerately. This planned outage is important for maintenance and sustainability of the infrastructure, and the department has issued an apology for any inconvenience caused.