Extensive pipe upgrade underway in Phoenix

 Officials from the city’s Water and Sanitation Unit’s Construction Branch are hard at work upgrading asbestos pipes to MPVC pipes.


21-02-2024
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The project covers 20, 783km. The size of the pipelines being laid ranges from 200 diameters to 75 mm MPVC, and 50mm to 25mm high-density polyethylene pipes feeding from the Phoenix Reservoir 1.



As part of water restoration efforts in Phoenix, ward 48, a team from the city’s Water and Sanitation Construction Branch is hard at work upgrading the existing asbestos pipes to MPVC pipes.



This aims to improve water quality and pressure as well as reduce frequent burst pipes. The project started in 2021 and is expected to be completed by December.



The project covers 20, 783km. The size of the pipelines being laid ranges from 200 diameters to 75 mm MPVC, and 50mm to 25mm high-density polyethylene pipes feeding from the Phoenix Reservoir 1.



The allocated budget for this project is R20 million, funded by the Urban Settlement Development Grant. This project consists of an internal team of 50, and 13 people from the community employed as general workers.



Project manager, Thokozani Madonsela said the project is being solely run by the Water and Sanitation Unit.



The unit is working with the Roads and Stormwater Department to rehabilitate excavated roads and sidewalks during the pipe-laying process.

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