Having identified a shortage of potable water in the Siyabuswa community, the Dr JS Moroka local municipality, in Mpumalanga, appointed agriculture and industrial liquid storage tank and reservoir manufacturer Aquadam to install an extra reservoir for the community.
The project got under way in October last year and is scheduled for completion later this year, says Aquadam marketing manager Yolande de Wet.
She tells Engineering News that the company has been subcontracted by construction company Ramotila Construction, also the main contractor, to manage and install the turnkey project, which will result in the community being supplied with sufficient potable water.
Aquadam will install its Muleby System Tank, which is suitable for water infrastructure projects in municipal water works and other sectors, such as mining, says De Wet, adding that the system, which was introduced to the market in 2011, is also suitable for use in renewable-energy projects.
“The tough and versatile Muleby System Tank is an effective storage solution available in a range of custom-designed volumes – from 175 000 ℓ to almost six-million litres – to save water for society’s ever-growing water demand,” she notes, adding that the solution uses engineered construction methods that require less labour and less time on site.
Construction at height is kept to a minimum and the relatively slender panels used to construct the tank keep transport costs reasonable, as they are easy to transport, says De Wet. The panels are precast in a controlled factory environment – offering better quality control, faster production and high resistance to corrosion and chemical attack, with quick installation in almost all conditions.
“These tanks are also invaluable to those wanting to store fluids during sedimentation and digestion processes. “They can also be used for the aeration of slurries, the collection of stormwater for irrigation and the storing of dangerous or flammable materials, as well as for numerous applications in the agriculture sector,” she says.
De Wet tells Engineering News that the South African water industry still has to develop money-saving storage solutions that can mitigate rural and urban water-delivery challenges.
“With the Muleby System Tank, 6 Mℓ of additional potable water will be used to supply Siyabuswa’s residents with potable water. The current 6 Mℓ reservoir is not enough to supply the community. There are also regular water cuts, which leaves the community without the most precious source of life,” she says.
The Muleby System Tank will receive its water from the treatment plant not far from where the reservoir will be situated.