Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Cape Town plans huge budget increase to protect sewer pumps from load-shedding

The City of Cape Town has recently approved a massive budget increase to upgrade pump stations so that they may be protected from future load-shedding, and illegal dumping into the sewer system.

The city is planning to have installed permanent generators at 110 sewer pump stations requiring generation capacity. All 26 wastewater treatment plants already have permanent generators.

“Cape Town’s sewer infrastructure is under pressure from rapid urbanisation, and in need of upgrading. One of our first actions in office was to quadruple the City’s proactive sewer pipe replacement target, from 25km to 100km annually. Now thanks to an ongoing city-wide audit of the state of sewer pump stations, we are ready to massively ramp up budgets for upgrades. This includes protection from load-shedding, sewer misuse, theft and vandalism,” said Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

Major upgrades and refurbishments to priority pump stations across the City accounts for the remainder of planned annual budgets, set to exceed R400 million by 2024.

Done by: Thaakiera Ackerdien

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