The Bredell reservoir in in Kempton Park is almost complete with contractors applying finishes before it is ready to take in water. Once completed, the reservoir will add 22.5 mega litres of storage to the City’s existing 954 mega litres.
It is part of 29 reservoirs that the City has committed to build from 2016/17 to 2020/2021 financial years, which will altogether add 417 mega litres of water storage translating into approximately 12-hour additional storage capacity taking the total storage limit to 48 hours. This means the City will be able to supply water for a period of between 36 to 48 hours without getting the supply from the water supplier, Rand Water.
The main supply areas of the reservoir will be Kempton Park CBD, Pomona and Serengeti. This is in addition to the supply from Isando Northridge complex reservoirs.
The construction of the Bredell reservoir started in February 2018, providing 140 job opportunities to the communities living closer to the construction site.
Built at a cost of R69 850 190,00, the reservoir will come as a huge relief to the community of Kempton Park and the industries such as warehouses and logistics companies, notably the Plumbago Business and Logistics Park situated few kilometres from the site of the reservoir.
It includes a pump station, a new above ground chamber, an access paved road and a new guard house and installation of a scour line.
“This reservoir is going to augment the water supply to the whole of Kempton Park, addressing the supply interruptions that have been experienced in the area recently. There are altogether 29 reservoirs that are under construction in Ekurhuleni,” MMC for Water, Sanitation and Energy Tiisetso Nketle said.
Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina visited the construction site of the reservoir to monitor progress, and expressed satisfaction that the construction was at 98% completion stage.
The reservoir will be tested in October to check if there are no water leaks on it.
The whole project is scheduled for completion by the end of December 2020.