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The erratic water supply in Kasane, Kazungula and the Chobe Enclave is expected to be a thing of the past with the anticipated completion of the Kasane Water Treatment Plant by end of June.
This was revealed during a recent tour of the project by minister of lands and water Affairs Dr Kefentse Mzwinila who appreciated the progress made by the contractors on the project for fulfilling their expectations and for showing progress and carrying the project at high quality standard.
He stated that with the current commitment by the contractors, he is hopeful that the project will be completed in time. The minister also expressed satisfaction about the high number of local citizens that have been employed through the project.
The current water demand for Kasane-Kazungula and Chobe enclave river villages is about 3.6 mega litres per day while the plant has a capacity of 60 mega litres per day. Through the plant four million litres of water will be drawn out from the Chobe River on daily basis.
The more than P300 million project was awarded to Zhong Gan Engineering & Construction and Magara Building Construction as 70/30 joint venture.
Project Manager Towheed Chowdhury revealed that most of the works have been completed and will be followed by electrical and mechanical works in June.
Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) CEO Gaselemogwe Senai said the project was to be complete before June but it was delayed by the replacement of the pipeline material from the river with steel one. He however said they are impressed by the progress of the project expressing confidence that it be will be completed by June.
Chobe District Council Chairman Chimney Mululwani noted that the project will address the water crises that are currently being experienced in the region such as the poor quality which residents have been complaining about for some time.