Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has embarked on a massive project of exploring alternative water sources. Today the City officially opened a Borhole drilling project at the Ceoga Kop. The borehole-drilling project is the biggest borehole project within the Nelson Mandela Bay.
This will assist with mostly the Motherwell community in their farming activities and the industrial sites in the area. It is anticipated that the Wellfield will supply up to 15 – 20 mega litres of water from the five bore holes located in the area.
Addressing the media at the official opening of the R230 million project, the Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani said the project is one in many that the City will embark on to secure water sources for the future.
“Water is the most basic services for the communities of the Municipality. As a responsible government we cannot only rely on the rains to supply us with water; for the communities not suffer we must look at other resources as well,” said the Executive Mayor.
Mayor Bobani also assured the citizens of the metro that plans are in place to make sure the there is water available for the next 50 years. He said desalination plant has been approved by the council since 2007/2008. The Executive Mayor said current administration will revisit the item, interact with other government spheres for the realisation of the desalination project. “If we are serious about securing the future of this City and growing the economy, we must explore all the water options we have as water”.
Coega Kop Wellfield consists of a series of boreholes from where the water will be extracted and treated for human consumption. The boreholes will be about 200 meters deep. At these depths, water is more sustainable for the amount that will be extracted.
Phase 3 of the project is scheduled for completion in the half of 2019 after which the water treatment facility which is phase 4. The Executive Mayor said that although we have alternative water sources, this does not mean that we are no longer experiencing drought.
“We continue to plead with our people, visitors and businesses that as we approach the festive season, let us continue to use water sparingly. This will go a long way in securing the future of the City,” said Executive Mayor Bobani.