The lingering drought conditions around Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality and the entire CHDM has caused an abrupt drop in dam levels. The Waterdown dam in Whittlesea which currently serves as the only water source for Komani town is now at 41% full.
This water level drop is bound to warrant tighter water restrictions in both Komani and Whittlesea to ensure prolonged availability of water.
This problem is further exacerbated by electricity outages in the line supplying the McEwan’s pump-station which intermittently interrupts pumping, resulting in worse water outages in Komani, especially in high lying areas. CHDM is working with Enoch Mgijima LM to solve this technical problem.
Xonxa Dam Water Augmentation Project construction is complete, Infrastructure has been fully installed and testing of various components done, whilst hot commissioning commenced at the end of April.
However, some equipment failed pressure tests due to leaking flanges and valves on the pumping mains – repairs are still in progress.
Whilst the above mentioned repairs were undertaken, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) also started working on another project at the dam which
necessitated cut off of water supply to the Xonxa Pump station. This resulted in the suspension of all commissioning work until water supply is restored .
In the meantime, remedial activities such as tightening bolts and replacing damaged gaskets, strengthening communication link between the pump station and the
Treatment works (Komani) etc., are in progress.