Mossel Bay Municipality needs the help of residents and holiday makers. The municipality is in the process of constructing a new inlet structure to replace the existing inlets at the Hartenbos Regional sewerage works on October 8.
The community's collaboration to make this work possible is imperative. The community is urged not to dump unnecessary water or sewage into the sewer network during the night of October 8.
How should you help
It is imperative to keep the sewer network as dry as possible to affect the switchover between the existing inlet and the new inlet. The municipality, therefore, requests that residents do not empty their bathwater until early morning on October 9. Preferably, toilets should not be flushed if not necessary. Dishwashing water and washing machine water should only be washed away on the morning of October 9.
It is essential for the successful replacement of the inlets that no sewage is washed into the network. Working on the inlets is a task rightly considered a 'once in a lifetime' event.
The municipality will provide vacuum trucks (honeysuckers) used to empty septic tanks at the strategic sewerage pump stations to ensure that sewage can be collected, where and when necessary.
Part of upgrade
The municipality has been upgrading the sewerage plant since January this year to cater for population growth. Among other things, work includes casts done on the main degritter rings and their suspended slabs. Placement of steel reinforcement on the degritters 'outlet channels' floors and walls have been completed with formwork shutters and concrete cast to be done soon. Additional casts of the concrete slab ring road area have also been done.
Furthermore, the new 600mm diameter GRP pipeline from the new inlet works to the existing new reactor has also been installed while tying into the existing reactor is still outstanding. A manhole connecting previously laid PVC pipework to GRP is being constructed, including manholes to tie the new PVC pipeline to the existing old reactor pipeline.
The replacement of the existing inlets is a necessary upgrade so that the upgrading of the sewerage works can meet the growing need of the town's infrastructure. The existing facilities currently process eight to nine megalitres of sewage per day, although it is designed to process up to 25 Ml by design.
The inlets will be replaced during the night of October 8 if everything goes according to the plan.
The community's cooperation is indispensable. Without the co-operation of residents, the municipality will be forced to interrupt the water supply to the town for a night, a step that will be avoided at all costs