APPLICATION IN TERMS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT, 1998
(ACT NO. 107 OF 1998), AS AMENDED, AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS, 2014
Sharples Environmental Services cc (SES) was appointed by Neil Lyners and Associates, on behalf of the Bitou Municipality (Bitou), as the independent Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) to conduct the Basic Assessment Process for the proposed upgrade of the Nature’s Valley bulk water supply scheme: upgrading of a reservoir and pipelines. The Department of Environmental Affairs issued the Environmental Authorisation on 02 November 2017 and the project is now being implemented. Bluepebble Sustainability Solutions has been appointed by Neil Lyners and Associates, on behalf of the Bitou Municipality (Bitou), as the independent Environmental Control Officer (ECO), to monitor and report on compliance with the Environmental Authorisation during implementation of Phase 1.
Bulk water to Nature’s Valley is supplied via an abstraction point and pumpstation in the Groot River. The capacity of the pumpstation and the Water Treatment Works (WTW) is sufficient for the future water demand. The rising main, reservoir and supply pipelines however are more than 25 years old and have deteriorated in such a way that the water supply is not reliable and sustainable anymore. There is also not enough pressure when the maximum demand for water at Nature’s Valley is required. The scheme will therefore have to be upgraded by the replacement of this existing infrastructure with new infrastructure which will be capable of providing reliable supply to Nature’s Valley for at least the next 25 years.
This document is intended to serve as a guideline to be used by the Bitou Municipality (as the Implementing Agent) and any person/s acting on behalf of the Bitou Municipality, during the preconstruction, construction, post-construction rehabilitation and operational (maintenance) phases of the proposed development. This document provides measures that must (where practical and feasible) be implemented to ensure that any environmental degradation that may be associated with the development is avoided, or where such impacts cannot be avoided entirely, are minimised and mitigated appropriately.
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Last published 04 February 2019