From the left: Cllr Theuns Bester (MMC: Engineering Services, Drakenstein Municipality); Nombhedesho Penin Sihlali (Department of Water and Sanitation); Gary Petersen (Head: EPWP, Projects and Funding, Drakenstein Municipality); Simphiwe Mashicila (Department of Water and Sanitation); Ntombizanele Bila-Mupariwa (Provincial Head, Department of Water and Sanitation); Louis Pienaar (Executive Director: Engineering Services, Drakenstein Municipality) and André Kowalewski (Manager: Water and Wastewater Services, Drakenstein Municipality)

R1.4bn Upgrade Project Kicks Off at Paarl Wastewater Treatment Works

Drakenstein Municipality’s new R1.4bn Budget Facility for Infrastructure (BFI) project will help the Municipality to ensure the suitable treatment of wastewater, which will assist in preserving the Berg River, a vital source of life in the area. It will also enable the Municipality to, at a later stage, promote green energy through biogas energy generation at its Paarl Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW). “The BFI project aims to address the refurbishment of ageing and dilapidated infrastructure, as well as capacity upgrades

to treatment streams to meet current and future demands,” said André Kowalewski, Manager: Water and Wastewater Services at Drakenstein Municipality. He was speaking at the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Paarl WWTW’s upgrade and refurbishment, held last month at the plant in Drommedaris Street, Paarl. National Treasury awarded Drakenstein Municipality the BFI grant of R1.4 billion late last year for wastewater and sanitation upgrades and rehabilitation in the Paarl/ Wellington area. The upgrade and


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