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Another setback in the Garden Route Dam saga

The raising of the dam wall and spillway of the Garden Route Dam suffered another setback as the appointed contractor withdrew their tender on 20 March 2018.

This is just another setback after almost ten years of delays in the attempts to increase the capacity of the Garden Route Dam by 25%.

The Municipality will be calling upon new tenders, as no other tenders were received during the tender process.

With the planned starting date of construction in July 2018, the George Municipality is confident that a new contractor will be appointed within three months.

On 13 March 2018, the George Municipality announced that the raising of the dam wall is finally going ahead, only to receive a letter from the appointed contractor on 20 March, informing the municipality of the withdrawal of their tender. George Municipal Manager, Trevor Botha expressed his disappointment and said that the municipality will everything in their power in order to go ahead with the project as planned.

Not only will the planned raising of the dam wall increase the dam capacity by 25% to 12.5 million cubic meters, but will also increase the available raw water resources by 11%. The available raw water resources consist of the Garden Route Dam, an ultra filtration plant, pump stations in the Malgas and Touw River, as well as three fully functional boreholes. The boreholes and filtration station are considered as alternative resources, and according to the drought management plan, gets used when the Garden Route Dam level drops to below 80% of capacity.

The National Department Of water And Sanitation made R13.5M available for the project, with the balance to come from the coffers of George Municipality. The project is estimated to cost around R25M.


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