TBZ Municipality tours Magalies Water Board’s Vaalkop Water Purification Plant

THABAZIMBI – The South African constitution states that everyone has the right to have access to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being. This includes a constant supply of clean, safe drinking water. Safe drinking water is water that is acceptable for human consumption and other domestic purposes such as food preparation and bathing.

Thabazimbi Municipality, Infrastructure Council committee under the Management of Mr CG Booysen visited the Magalies Water Plantation on 22 July 2011.

The purpose of the visit was that of making sure that all elected council committee members on Infrastructure get to understand the relationship with Magalies Water and how water is being treated as well and how it is actually delivered to TLM.

The visit was led by Cllr T Mkansi, Chairperson of Infrastructure, Cllr KR Mokwena, Cllr RC Du Preez, Cllr SG Matsietsa, Cllr LH Joubert Cllr DM Tlhabadira, Cllr CS Sikwane and officials from Municipality’s water services department.

Team Magalies was led by Mr Sandile Ncgobo (Area Manager for Magalies Water), Mr Petro Bezuidenhout(Production Manager-Magalies Water), Mr Sobona Ngoma and Ms Lerato Morake(Specialist Services Manager) took us through all processes of Raw Water Sources and how water reaches TLM.

Raw water is abstracted from the Vaalkop Dam. The Vaalkop Dam has a historical yield capacity of 10800 Mm3/year (30.3 Ml/day) via the Elands- and the Hex rivers. This is much less than the quantity of water drawn from the Vaalkop Dam over recent years. The Vaalkop WTW currently treats approximately 180 – 200Ml/day. Supplementary raw water is available via a canal transfer system (capacity 345 Ml/day) from the Roodekopjes Dam to the Vaalkop Dam.  The issue of water losses was also raised and for TLM the challenge is that of ageing infrastructure as well as unnecessary watering in some instance by consumers. From the side of Magalies there is also sometimes water losses and the indications is that it is monitored and attended as and when it occurs.

Thabazimbi is a mining area and water pipe lines are underground thus makes the shifting of mine machineries to have severe impact to ageing infrastructures which is underground. The old pipeline system was also indicated as the contributory factor to the brownish colour of water which is not user friendly and drinkable for the consumers.

All water processes were discussed as well the water quality including the blue drop assessments. It was further proposed that TLM water should be send to Magalies water laboratory for testing to thoroughly check its quality. It was further noted that all water related challenges Magalies will always be ready and available to assist.

Joshua Motsomane