Cape Town is one of the fastest growing cities in South Africa, with population growth of 30% between the 2001 and 2011 censuses. It is therefore of utmost importance that the City ensures that infrastructure development keeps up with this growth. The construction of the new 25 million litre De Grendel Reservoir is part of this mandate and, together with future planned developments of the same nature, demonstrates our commitment to creating a well-run city.
The project, valued at approximately R42m (exc VAT,) is located just West of the Durbanville Hills winery, and will provide 48 hours’ worth of potable water storage capacity to existing and future development in Burgundy, Welbeloond and Annandale Ridge (also known as the N7 development corridor.) Construction is currently in its final stages, with completion scheduled for the end of October.
“Between 2006 and 2011, up to 206,493 people moved to the Western Cape, with a significant portion of these residents settling in the greater Cape Town area. The City therefore has to plan ahead in ensuring water security,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg.
“The City has made important strides towards expanding access to electricity, water, sanitation and refuse removal, and has been consistently ranked either the best or among the best metros in this regard by both the provincial and national governments – an achievement underscored by the serious water supply problems being experienced elsewhere in the country.”
Further projects of a similar nature include the 35 million litre Spes Bona reservoir outside Durbanville that will eventually provide water to an estimated 18,000 subsidised housing units, and which is a requirement for the Garden Cities Greenville development at Fisantekraal, the future Bella Riva development and other future housing projects along the Darwin Development Corridor.
Consultant engineers are currently working on the preliminary design and it is hoped to tender for construction by January 2015 at the latest. The total project cost is estimated to be in the region of R45m (exc VAT.)
“This kind of behind-the-scenes investment is crucial to ensuring that reliable access to services for all current and future residents is maintained, and the city’s economy can continue to grow. Without services like water and electricity, processes such as job creation and investment are often stunted. Despite the fact that the full value of this infrastructure is rarely acknowledged, it truly is the backbone on which Cape Town is structured,” said Councillor Sonnenberg.