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2008-07-29: JW replacing pipelines across the city

AGEING municipal water and sanitation infrastructure is a major concern for Johannesburg Water (JW), the municipal owned entity responsible for water and sanitation service for the City of Johannesburg. In August 2007 JW conducted a study for the replacement of ageing water infrastructure across the city and from these findings estimated the capital needed to wipe out backlogs in the rehabilitation and upgrading of municipal water infrastructure.

JW will be spending approximately R75 million in the current financial year, 2008/09, for the pipe replacement programme. The pipe replacement programme will commence with eight suburbs as identified below:

Bryanston A
Bryanston B
Ferndale A
Ferndale B
Kibler Park, and 
The primary objective of the study was to develop a costing model to enable JW to prioritize the work required and thus develop a planned replacement programme, and the above projects have been programmed to be completed by the end of the 2009 financial year. This will be a yearly programme to eradicate all the pipe replacements until all pipelines have been completed. "All these projects are aimed at improving and extending our infrastructure and replacing old and outdated infrastructure so as to deliver a better service to our customer across the city," so says JW Managing Director Gerald Dumas.

JW continues to supply the city and its residents with fresh, clean and healthy drinking water each day. Moreover, we are ensuring that the 900 million litres of waste generated daily is treated to the high standards demended by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and in line with global best practices.

"As a municipal owned entity responsible for water and sanitation services we are confident that we are making great strides to raise the levels of service delivery across a range of services to all the people of the city. The board and the management of JW have committed themselves to this process and we will continue to work towards making Johannesburg a world class African City by providing world class water and sanitation services", assures Dumas.