An additional R6.5 billion is set to flow into the Department of Water Affairs’ coffers over the next three years, according to Pravin Gordhan.
The Budget shows the department will receive a total of R38bn over the 2013, 2014 and 2015 fiscal years, most of it earmarked for water infrastructure projects’ implementation and support.
“The spending focus over the medium term will be on funding water infrastructure management, and regional implementation and support programmes for bulk water programmes,” he said.
This was aimed at accelerating the delivery of water to households, agriculture and industry.
Among so-called mega-infrastructure projects is the construction of the De Hoop Dam and associated bulk raw water distribution systems in Limpopo, and a R2.8bn dam safety rehabilitation project, involving the 315 reservoirs owned by the department.
Another is the raising of the Clanwilliam Dam wall in the Western Cape. The start of this project “has been pushed back due to delays in completing the feasibility studies”. – Sapa