Water & Sanitation

Construction of Etwatwa Reservoir, Pump Station and Tower Near Complete

The Etwatwa Extension 19 reservoir and tower are some of the water supply infrastructure that the City is delivering to augment supply. Altogether, the City is building 29 reservoirs and water towers during the term of office of the current administration.

The Etwatwa Extension 19 reservoir will boost storage capacity and provide adequate water pressure to the high-lying areas of Etwatwa, in line with the City’s water security plans.

Phase 1

Phase 1 of the scope of work comprised the construction of a 10Mℓ ground reservoir, pump station, pipelines and chambers to supply Etwatwa community with water directly from the pump station.

Phase 2

The scope of work, for Phase 2 on the other hand comprised primarily of reinforced concrete work for the construction of the 1.1Mℓ elevated water tower, access road and connecting pipework from the elevated water tower to the Phase 1 pipework. In addition to this, additional work included electrical works and lighting. Work on this site started in January 2018.

On completion, the Etwatwa reservoir will stand tall at 42 meters and will be known as the ‘Mandela Tower’ in celebration of the life of former President Nelson Mandela.

Like any major project, this site has had its fair share of disruptions and unforeseeable adjournments which included the those that were caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The project scope includes:

  • A 1.1Mℓ concrete elevated water tower
  • All pipework within the elevated water tower
  • Connecting pipework from elevated water tower to Phase 1 pipelines
  • A gravel access road, in the pipeline servitude, to the site
  • Storm water management infrastructure around the elevated water tower
  • Bulk earthworks
  • Pump station
  • Concrete valve and meter chamber
  • Architectural features for the elevated water tower

This reservoir is going to greatly benefit the almost 300 000 community members and businesses in Etwatwa.