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Rand Water’s Station 5 Purification Plant Bolsters Gauteng’s Water Security



Rand Water Station 5 purification plant

The Rand Water Station 5 purification plant will ensure Gauteng’s water security. According to the scheduled timeline, Rand Water has achieved a significant milestone by completing Phase 1 of the 150 megalitres daily (ML/d) Station 5A filtration plant. SANews reports that this state-of-the-art water purification plant, situated at the Zuikerbosch Water Treatment Works outside Vereeniging in the Vaal, is part of Rand Water’s flagship projects and promises to bolster water supply sustainability in the Gauteng province and surrounding areas.

The commissioning of Phase 1 was attended by Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu, Deputy Minister David Mahlobo, Emfuleni Mayor Sipho Radebe, Rand Water Board Chairperson Ramateu Monyokolo, and Rand Water Chief Executive Sipho Mosai. Minister Mchunu commended Rand Water for its proactive infrastructure development approach and unwavering commitment to fulfilling its mandate.

Rand Water’s Station 5 plant, divided into two phases (5A and 5B), is poised to impact the water supply substantially. Phase 1, Station 5A, is set to produce 150 ML/d of potable water, significantly augmenting the current supply to customers, including Gauteng municipalities, parts of the Free State, Mpumalanga, and North West provinces and various industries. Upon completing Phase 2 (Station 5B) by the end of 2024, an additional 450 ML/d will be added, resulting in a total capacity of 600 ML/d.

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This substantial investment in water infrastructure underscores Rand Water’s commitment to ensuring water security in the provinces it serves. Minister Mchunu emphasized the crucial role of new water infrastructure in addressing current and future water demands, highlighting that “one cannot have access to water without the proper infrastructure.”


Moreover, the Station 5A project has contributed to the region’s water security and generated substantial socioeconomic benefits. Since its initiation in 2019, the project has created 871 job opportunities, supporting individuals with diverse skill levels. Additionally, it has facilitated the growth of more than 48 Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), further stimulating economic development.

This accomplishment is part of Rand Water’s Vision 2030 Infrastructure Build Programme, aligning with its mission to ensure uninterrupted bulk water supply to its customers. Despite the challenges faced, such as population growth, infrastructure vandalism, servitude encroachment, water quality concerns, and customer payment issues, Rand Water remains committed to providing a consistent and sustainable water supply to the region.

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