The City of Tshwane says the upgrade to the Rooiwal Waste Water Works in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, is 54 percent complete.
The report found that tap water in parts of Hammanskraal can cause blue baby syndrome, cancer, nervous system diseases like Parkinson’s and heart disease.
Problems started in 2004 due to lack of maintenance. The City of Tshwane has budgeted R124 million to complete the first phase of the project by October next year.
The Department of Water and Sanitation has agreed to fund the second and third phases. The City says less than 40 percent of Hammanskraal residents cannot drink their tap water. Williams says the water situation in the area is a priority.
“For the first time in 17 years, their issue is actually being addressed. We have a concrete plan in place, the plan has already been implemented, and it’s fully funded. For the first time, we’re busy implementing the solution. And unfortunately building such complicated engineering structures takes time. And it will take a few more years and we will get there,” says Williams.
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