Monday, 25 February, 2019 – Ezulwini – The welcomed growth has had a resultant effect in water services demand in the Matsapha-Manzini corridor. In response to this opportunity, the Corporation has over the past year, been developing a short to long term plan that aims to resolve the resultant constraints experienced in the areas.
Addressing customer concerns in the affected areas, the Eswatini Water Services Corporation Managing Director Jabulile Mashwama today issued a project plan with short to long term deliverables. Implementation of the plan will ensure that the Corporation is able to meet demand and address the customer complaints which have been shared with the Corporation.
Speaking during a press conference held at Emtfonjeni Building at Ezulwini, Mashwama stated that the Corporation has done a comprehensive analysis of the constraints and subsequently developed a four phase approach:
Firstly, to address the immediate water supply challenges in Tubungu, Police Academy, Emhlane and surrounding areas, the Corporation will integrate its network systems to ensure that the drop in reservoir levels does not affect supply to these areas. This mitigation measure will be implemented in the late evening on Saturday 2 March, 2019.
Secondly, to address Water supply challenges in Nhlambeni, Masundvwini, Sigodvweni and Mobeni, the Corporation is already implementing a mid-term to permanent solution by increasing storage capacity. The placement of a 3 mega litre reservoir at Emathangeni in Matsapha will be completed by the end of May 2019. This tank will be a dedicated alternate supply point for our residential customers in cases where industrial water supply demand is at peak.
Thirdly, to improve water supply in Kwaluseni, Mfabantfu, and surrounding areas the Corporation will increase supply capacity by upgrading the pumping system to the Logoba reservoir. This project will be completed by end of April 2019.
Lastly, to improve the general quality of services and the growing demand for water in the Matsapha - Manzini corridor and surrounding areas, the Corporation is upgrading the Matsapha Water Treatment Plant to increase capacity to meet future demand this coming financial year. This upgrade project will tie in with the larger recently approved Manzini Integrated Water and Sanitation Project which will ensure that water is supplied to additional areas under the Mafutseni, Nhlambeni, Manzini South and Mtfongwaneni Constituencies. The government is investing close to E800M for this project which will be concluded in 2022.
Mashwama stated that implementing the short to medium term works will require planned water supply interruptions. The usual 48 hour notice will be given to customers before scheduled shutdown. The planned shutdown schedule for the month of March is on the 9th and 23rd. The Corporation will endeavour to minimise the impact of water supply interruption by providing alternative water supply through stationery tanks in strategic places.
For further information kindly contact the Public Affairs Department;
Ms. Nomahlubi Matiwane
Public Affairs Manager