MMC for Utilities, City of Tshwane Themba Fosi conducted a site visit at the Temba Wastewater Treatment Works, where key representatives from the City of Tshwane and the City of Aarhus, led by the Danish Ambassador, Aarhus Mayor, and City Director, came together to advance their collaborative efforts.
“The Temba Wastewater Treatment Works has emerged as the pilot site for the wastewater treatment track, one of the four tracks forming the cooperative partnership between the City of Tshwane and the City of Aarhus,” Said MMC.
“This collaboration aims to revolutionise wastewater treatment processes and elevate environmental sustainability,” added MMC.
The primary focus of this partnership at the Temba facility is the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) that can be standardized and implemented across all wastewater treatment works within the City of Tshwane.
MMC further said that the collective goal is to enhance the quality of effluent discharged from these facilities, ultimately contributing to a cleaner environment and improved public health.
The envisioned outcome of applying these SOPs is an impressive 10% improvement in effluent quality, increasing it from the current level of 54% to an impressive 64%.
“This represents a substantial leap forward in wastewater treatment efficiency and aligns with both cities’ commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable urban development. Said MMC.
Earlier this year, the SIU probe into the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works tender.
Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu, has welcomed the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe into allegations of maladministration and corruption related to the R295 million tender to refurbish and upgrade the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works in the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.
Mchunu said the mismanagement of the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Plant funds will remain “etched in the minds of many South Africans, as lives were lost due to alleged improper conduct”.
“We welcome the investigation into the allegations of unlawful and improper conduct related to the tender awarded by the City of Tshwane.
On 20 August 2019, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) declared that water in Hammanskraal was not fit for human consumption. This followed tests on the water with the help of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) after residents lodged complaints with it.
The Temba Water Treatment Works (WTW) abstracts water from the Leeuwkraal Dam for purification and supply to the Hammanskraal area. As a result, the water produced at the Temba plant is of poor quality and not potable.