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Thursday, 28 March 2024 11:53

Rand water recognised as one of the top performers in the world.

Staff Reporter.

The Global Water Intelligence Organization (GWIO) has nominated Rand Water as one of the top four water utilities in the world to receive the 2024 Public Agency of the Year Award.

Rand Water is the largest bulk water utility in Africa and is one of the largest in the world, providing bulk potable water to Gauteng, as well as parts of Mpumalanga, the Free State and the North West. 

GWIO assess water utilities' performance in terms of water quality, financial resilience, and excellence of infrastructure that are meant to enhance water security. 

Rand Water says in a statement this acknowledgement underscores the utility's unwavering commitment to providing high quality bulk water to their municipal customers. 

"In terms of water quality, GWIO recognizes entities that achieve at least 95% and above on water quality and are complying to strictly defined chemical and microbiological standards" read the statement released by the water utility.

"The GWIO award nomination confirms the result of the 2023 South African Blue Drop report which bestowed Rand Water with the coveted Blue Drop certification, validating that Rand Water meets South Africa's and international drinking water quality standards.

"The nomination endorses Rand Water as one of the leading institutions in the water sector's infrastructure innovation projects. GWIO also applauded Rand Water for commissioning two (2) major infrastructure projects in 2023.

"Rand Water's excellent financial performance in the last financial year was also considered as contributory factor towards the nomination," concludes the statement.

This information on the Rand Water nomination is accessible here.

Meanwhile South Africa's commercial hub, Gauteng Province, will be short of water until a cross-border supply expansion is completed in about 2029, a government official said.

Delays to the second phase of the $2 billion Lesotho Highlands Water Project have left Gauteng — and a wider region that accounts for about 60% of South Africa’s economic activity and in which 26 million people live — without adequate supply, said Sean Phillips, director general of the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Until the Lesotho expansion is completed, "supply is very tight," Phillips said.

The threat of inadequate supply to the country’s industrial heartland was highlighted this month when a vast swath of the country’s biggest city, Johannesburg, was left without water for almost two weeks after a breakdown.

Rand Water, the bulk supplier that draws water from the first phase of the Lesotho Project, warned Johannesburg and two other major urban centres that its systems were on the verge of collapse.

Both this phase of the Lesotho project and the uMkhomazi Water Project, which is due to supply the southeastern city of Durban, are now proceeding after having stalled, Phillips said.

The Lesotho project consists of the construction of the Polihali Dam in Lesotho as well as tunnels to transfer the water to the Vaal River system in South Africa.

It will boost the annual supply of water to South Africa from Lesotho to 1.26 billion cubic meters (44.5 billion cubic feet) from 780 million currently.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.