The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation said the Vaal River has over the past few months deteriorated and poses a serious social and economic challenge.
To mitigate, the department sourced the expertise of Ekurhuleni entity, the Ekurhuleni Water Care Company (ERWAT) as an implementing agent to intervene in unblocking pipes to ease the flow of effluent to the Sebokeng Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW).
The original treatment works at Sebokeng was receiving 100 megalitres of waste water a day, but currently gets 20 megalitres, meaning the old plant is not fully operational.
“In order to start work, ERWAT advertised two tenders closing shortly and other tenders will be advertised in coming months as work progresses.
“These tenders will focus on refurbishing ageing waste treatment works to prevent ongoing sewage spillages into the Vaal River,” said the department.
Thus far, the department made significant strides by sourcing funding towards the intervention and currently has R176 million to tackle the pollution.
A separate amount of R80 million has been paid to the SA National Defence Force for work to stop the pollution.
In the coming months, ERWAT will appoint a security company to prevent wanton vandalism and theft of infrastructure that have become the order of the day.
This is vital given the services of the SANDF will be finish at the end of October.