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DWS Eastern Cape confirms completion of major water project

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The Department of Water and Sanitation in the Eastern Cape has confirmed the completion of one of its water projects, which is intended to combat the rising water demands in local municipalities.

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in the Eastern Cape issued a statement on Tuesday, 20 July 2021, announcing that it has completed a project to benefit communities in the Matatiele town in the province. The department stated that it continues to work tirelessly to ensure the successful implementation of water projects, which are aimed at bringing long-term water relief in areas with water supply challenges.

The department also stated that this has been seen through the implementation of the Matatiele Regional Bulk Water Supply Project, which the DWS confirmed was recently completed and is set to benefit over 19 000 people in the town. Moreover, it is also set to benefit residential areas such as Dengwane, Zwelitsha, Khoapa, Botsola, Tshisa and Kwa Hlomendlini villages.

The department further stated that the project was initiated in March 2015, in an effort to combat the rising demand for water in the Alfred Nzo District Municipality and Matatiele Local Municipality and. It was successfully completed in March 2021. Spokesperson for the department, Sputnik Ratau stated that the project produced a 50 litres per second borehole and low-fit raw water pumping mains, and high lift pump station with a new reinforced concrete reservoir being built.

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