Two of the five pump stations in the area were not functioning. The municipality started cleaning up the area last week . Although the mess has been cleared up, the emergency measure taken was to pump the sewage directly from the pump station into the nearby Crocodile River.
The excessive algae is due to a delay in the refurbishment of the algae pump station caused by the a notice of termination issued to Rand Water. However, Pumping commenced during the first week of April.
The pea-green hue of Hartbeespoort Dam at the start of the rainy season and the acid mine water spilling to surface on the West Rand are stark reminders of the consequences of failing to tackle water issues. SA is ranked 21st of the world's most water-stressed countries.
The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) is to spend a further R258 million on clean-up, re-habilitation and maintenance of the Hartbeespoort Dam in following the conclusion of the successful first phase of the remediation programme. The budget for the 2013/14 financial year will be spent on Operation and Maintenance, fast tracking and full scale implementation and extension on the remediation programme.
An independent review on the Programme as part of the requirement for further continuation is to be conducted. The procurement to appoint the Water Research Commission as Implementing Agent to do the review is underway.
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