City invests over R5.5 million to replace Maitland sewer pipes

City invests over R5.5 million to replace Maitland sewer pipes

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate is replacing 2 244 metres of sewer pipes in Maitland as part of the Maitland Sewer Pipe Replacement Project. According to a news release from the City, the project is now in its final stage.

The programme started in January 2023, for which R836.6 million was set aside for infrastructure maintenance and pipe replacements for the 2023/24 financial year as part of the Mayor’s Priority Programme (MPP).

Sewer pipes found between one and five metres underground were replaced in Steen Street, Royal Road, Camden Street, Kensington Street, Coronation Road, Amstel Road, Miramonte Street, Janssens Road and Bodmin Street.

The need for replacement was identified after the area experienced ‘multiple sewer pipe collapses and reoccurring overflows’.

The trenchless replacement method, called cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), was utilised where a 70-year-old vitrified clay sewer pipe was relined with a textile tube coated in resin, which hardens after insertion.

The method has been described as a ‘jointless and seamless pipe-lining method’ within an existing pipe and is one of the most widely used rehabilitation methods.

Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayco member for water and sanitation, visited the site alongside the Maitland Ratepayers Association.

They received a comprehensive project briefing from the City’s reticulation team to be aware of the progress made on the project despite the challenges the teams faced.

These challenges included stubborn blockages caused by the illegal dumping of foreign materials and building rubble into the sewer pipeline.

‘I am pleased that a significant section of Maitland’s sewer pipes were successfully relined as part of this complex sewer replacement project. Pipeline replacement forms part of the Water and Sanitation Directorate’s strategy to reduce the number of sewer spills and to provide efficient sanitation services,’ said Badroodien.

‘The City aims to replace 100km of sewer pipes per year over the next three financial years,’ he added.

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