Construction of the R250-million Ludeke dam, in the Eastern Cape, is expected to be completed and filled with water for the first time by the end of March, MBB Consulting said in a statement at the end of last week.Work on the Ludeke dam project, which forms part of the first phase of Umgeni Water’s R1-billion Greater Mbizana regional bulk water supply scheme, started in mid-2012 with the closure of the Ludeke River.Engineering News says the dam will provide a secure source of water in the Mbizana region and will hold 14.5-billion litres of water spanning a surface area of 140 hectares.
“Even during a one-in-50-year drought the dam will yield 5.13-billion litres of water a year, providing a secure source of water to this remote, rural area,” the company said.
MBB Consulting was appointed to design and manage the raw water supply component of the Department of Water Affairs-funded project.
The Greater Mbizana regional bulk water supply scheme comprises the new dam, pumped raw-water sup-ply system to the existing Nomlacu water treatment works, which is to be upgraded in two phases to 20 000 m3/d, and a bulk treated-water supply system within the Mbizana local municipality.
In total, the Greater Mbizana regional bulk water supply scheme will provide 20-million litres of safe drinking water a day to 266 000 people.