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The Knysna Municipality has successfully completed the first phase of its upgrade project on the existing water network in the Heads area.

The project, which cost more than R400 000, was rolled out in phases. The first phase included upgrades to the reticulation system as well as the replacement of existing AC pipes to PVC.

The municipality expects the upgrade to address pressure management issues and enhance the pumping capacity to the reservoir at the heads.

The scope of works for the second phase of the project will include the installation of a new rising main (110 mm diameter uPVC Class 16 pressure pipes) from the existing pump station adjacent to George Rex Drive up to Emu Crescent.

Commenting on the project executive mayor Mark Willemse highlights that the upgrade works from part of the municipality’s Integrated Development Plan.

“The municipality has always encouraged its residents to actively participate in the IDP process and to take ownership of their own community development. Because of the active involvement of the residents of Ward 9, this project could be implemented,” he explained.

Making waves in water

The Knysna Municipality has celebrated several wins in the water sector this year with numerous projects either being completed or coming online. Many of these efforts formed part of the municipality’s plans to assist with the challenge of water scarcity in the region.

In August the municipality announced the completion of its R19.5 million upgrade of the Sedgefield Waste Water Treatment Works.  In May it connected the new Charlesford water pipeline which improved pumping capacity from the Knysna and Gouna rivers.

In April the municipality also announced that it was working on a Stormwater Management Policy which aimed to reduce erosion and pollution, and look at options for groundwater recharging.

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