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Ferry pipeline permanent fix won't be ready by end of March

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

THE National Water Commission (NWC) says the end of March timeline for completion of the construction of two new replacement pipelines to the south of the new Mandela Highway will not be met.

In a release yesterday, NWC said while it has been working very closely with the National Works Agency to fast-track the construction of the two new pipelines that are to replace the 18-inch Ferry transmission pipeline which has an “unrepairable break”, various challenges being encountered now suggest that the timeline for completion of these permanent solutions will not be met.

“The pipeline route through the swamplands has already been cleared; the raised embankment or berm has already been built; culverts under the embankment are now being built; and, much of the large 900mm and 600mm pipes have already been bought, delivered to site and are now being laid.

“However, there are some other critical fittings and material that have not yet been received, delaying the expected completion,” NWC said.

In the meantime, NWC said emergency contracting and procurement procedures are being used to implement an alternative interim measure, to provide more water to areas impacted by the unrepairable break on the 18-inch Ferry transmission pipeline.

NWC said a contractor has been engaged to install, in the shortest possible time, approximately 1.5 kilometres of pipelines to bypass the area of the broken pipe and other parts of the 18-inch transmission main now underneath the highway.

The commission said it is therefore proceeding with the installation of this interim 300mm pipeline on the northern side of the highway.

“This, we expect, will result in some measurable improvement in the service-delivery capabilities to customers even before the permanent solution comes into place,” the release said.