Plasti-Tech Piping Systems, supplier of world class thermoplastic piping systems and related products to industry in southern and sub-Saharan Africa, has been commissioned to supply the expansion project with a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges.
Based in Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal, the water purification plant, along with the reservoir and access road, was first commissioned in 2015 as part of a long-term project established by the Zululand District Municipality to address the water and sanitation needs of the community.
According to a report by the Vryheid Herald, as quoted in an article by Infrastructurene.ws & Service Delivery, the municipality’s then Mayor Mpiyakhe Hlatshwayo commented, “This (project) forms part of our programmes to deliver water services to our communities which have been suffering for some time. The situation was aggravated by the severe drought that continues to affect the whole district and the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We hope the construction of the purification plant will help resolve water challenges within the Nongoma area.”
“The Usuthu Water Purification Project in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal has called for a plant expansion to increase water purification and supply output by 20 megalitres per day,” says Bradley Chamont, Plasti-Tech Managing Member, who adds, “This has necessitated the involvement of civils, mechanical and electrical services and supply, overseen by project stakeholders, Isimo Project Engineers, Stefanutti Stocks and Water Purification Chemical & Plant (WPCP), who have been in the water treatment works business for 15 years.”
Plasti-Tech is mandated to supply HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) pipes in diameters of 500 mm, 710 mm, 800 mm and 900 mm PN8; HDPE fabricated fittings in diameters of 500 mm, 710 mm, 800 mm and 900 mm; and galvanised flanges of 500 mm, 710 mm and 900 mm in diameter, comprising in total of R1.8 M supply of piping and ancillaries to the R19 M project.
“Plasti-Tech has been in the business of supplying HDPE locally produced SANS / ISO 4427 SAPPMA approved piping and importing HDPE fittings and welding equipment for the past seven years. With extensive expertise in this field coupled with excellent pricing and lead times on delivery, it made sense that we were chosen to supply the HDPE piping and fittings to this project,” remarks Chamont, concluding, “We are proud to have played a role in a project that has not only enhanced the current water supply infrastructure to the people of Nongoma, but whose legacy will serve this community for many years to come.”
The Usuthu Water Purification Plant expansion project, which created employment for 10 WPCP employees and a thermoplastic butt-welding specialist, commenced in January 2017 and is due for completion in September 2017.