MUNICIPAL CONTACTS: KZN: Amajuba District Municipality

eThekwini iLembe Sisonke Ugu uMgungundlovu Unkhanyakude
Umzinyathi Uthukela Uthungulu Zululand    

Amajuba District Municipality
WEATHER:  Charlestown, Dannhauser, Groenvlei, Hattingspruit, Madadeni, Newcastle, Utrecht
Local Municicpality
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Newcastle LM
Utrecht LM
Amajuba District Municipality (DC 25)
Top Tel. No. 034 329 7200
Fax No. 034 314 3785
Email/Web www.amajuba.gov.za 
Address Unit B9356, Amajuba Building, Main Street, Section 1, Madadeni, Private Bag X6615, Newcastle, 2940
Towns: Ballengeich, Blood River, Charlestown, Dannhauser, Groenvlei, Hattingspruit, Ingogo, Kingsley, Madadeni, Newcastle, Normandien, Ozisweni, Utrecht, Welbedacht

Geographical overview of water infrastructure
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Documents
Dams: Ntshingwayo Dam

Waste Water Treatment Works
2012 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012: 83.31% 

Alcockspruit, Hattingspruit

Regulatory Impression:  The continued management of drinking water quality by the Amajuba Water Services Authority, is remarkable - obtaining Blue Drop recognition in 2 systems takes commendable commitment. The Department, however, notes that the commitment of uThukela Water to maintain excellence in drinking water quality management from the Ngagane - and Biggarsberg water treatment works, recognised by Blue Drops in the Newcastle and uMzinyathi municipalities to points of use, in respectively in the Alcockand Hattingspruit supply systems, is highly remarkable. A slight decline was noted in the performance of the Dannhauser, Durnacol and Utrecht supply systems. While the drinking water remained of excellent quality, and the DWA encourages the WSA / WSP to maintain the improved monitoring programmes, asset management and water safety planning were identified as two areas that require attention. DWA noted that the municipality is in process of developing water safety plans for the latter systems, while efforts continues, the municipality is advised to not work in isolation but to strengthen relationships with uThukela Water who, as evident from scores in the Alcock- and Hattingspruit systems, developed and implemented good water safety plans. Process control staff needs to be shown competent and adequate in terms of numbers against Regulation 2834 (to be Regulation 17) at the Dannhauser, Durnacol and Ultrech treatment plants. Daily activities should be recorded in logbooks. It must also be noted that without financial support from Amajuba District Municipality to maintain their business, uThukela Water might not be in a position to overcome its shortcomings while striving excellence in all the systems. Overall drinking water quality management practices were evaluated exceptional within the Rural: Buffalo Flats supply system. While it is recognised that the system also receives water from the Blue Drop Ngagane treatment works, the WSA / WSP must still proof through the risk assessment process that comprehensive chemical quality monitoring of the final water at the treatment plant is sufficient to confirm that the water at the point of use remained of an excellent quality.  (Ref 6 )

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Alockspruit, Dannhauser, Durnacol, Hattingspruit

Rural (Buffalo Flats), Utrecht

2011 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011: 84.43% 
Regulatory Impression:  The regulator is encouraged with the continued improvement of the drinking water quality (DWQ) management performance of the AmajubaDistrictMunicipality. DWA is optimistic that if the municipality, with Uthukela Water as service provider in all the supply systems, continue their efforts to implement findings of the recently developed water safety plan, further improvement will ensue. Compliance monitoring confirms water of excellent quality in the Utrecth, DanhauserTown and DurnacolTown water supply systems. Evidence that the municipality (&WSP) maintains risk-based monitoring (data of a full SANS 241 (South African standard for drinking water) analyses per supply system, will result in DWA giving full credit for the DWQ compliance. Chemical monitoring in the Hattingspruit, Alcockspruit and Utrecth – Waterval systems should also commence for the municipality to have sufficient information to confirm that water supplied to residents is safe for human consumption. Process control was identified another aspect requiring improvement. In particular process control should be shown adequate / competent to maintain operation of all the water treatment systems, O&M manuals should be available and in-use to maintain optimum treatment efficacy. The lead inspector for the 2011 assessment further requested that the WSA / WSP improve distribution of their sampling points to cover the entire area of supply, populations affected by borehole systems furthermore needs to be registered on BDS. The WSA / WSP thereafter have to plan for future monitoring of the affected populations. (Ref 4)

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Utrecth, DanhauserTown, Durnacol Town

Hattingspruit,  Alcockspruit,  Utrecth - Waterval

2010 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  56.4% 
Regulatory Impression:  The concerted effort by the Amajuba District Municipality, assisted by uThukela Water, to improve over the past 12 months on aspects highlighted in the 2009 Blue Drop Report, is applauded by the Department. Impressive is the improvement in the actual drinking water quality and incident preparedness. Sufficient proof was presented that adequate processes are in place to maintain safe water supply. There is however room for improvement towards Blue Drop certification: water safety plans, compliance with Regulation 2834 and responsible publication of DWQ performance needs attention. The DWA acknowledges the risk assessments already done, but recommend a better refinement of roles and responsibilities, while also confirming WSA management commitment. Proof of application for registration of Process Control staff could improve the above Blue Drop score, the WSP also needs to look into the update of outdated O&M manuals.
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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 2010
2009 Blue Drop Score 
  • Average Blue Drop Score: 67.8%

  • Average DWQ Compliance: 97%
Regulatory Impression: Other than required improvement in process controlling and incident preparedness the municipality is performing very well in its task to manage drinking water quality.With current levels of performance, Blue Drop certification is eminent.  (Ref 1)
BLUE DROP REPORT CARD
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Amajuba 2009 (Ref 1)

2012 Green Drop Risk Assessment 

Regulatory Impression:  The Amajuba District Municipality uses uThukela Water as their WSP. It would appear from the discussions that uThukela Water has a comprehensive involvement in the management and operations of the Municipality’s water and sanitation services. The Municipality and uThukela Water are actively trying to improve their operation and management of their works through the implementation of actions identified in their corrective action plan and the initiation of the development of the W2RAP.   Three of the plants are categorised as medium risk plants and one is a low risk plant. The Welgedagt system is has operational challenges due to the lower operating capacity now received at the plant which is not sufficient for the technology used at the plant. Once funding is available, the plant is to be decommissioned and the flow diverted to Utrecht ponds. A Business Plan has been submitted by the ADM for funding. The Durnacol plant was recommissioned during 2010/11 and has reportedly been complying with effluent standards since November 2011. This will facilitate in the reduction of the risk rating of the plant. The poor effluent quality, specifically for microbiological and chemical parameters, and low level of compliance is being addressed through active maintenance and refurbishment of the plants. Attention is required to reduce the risk rating of the Utrecht Ponds and Welgedagt plants which have increased since the last Green Drop assessment. The refurbishment of the ponds at Tweediedale/Dannhauser and Utrecht will increase the treatment performance due to the increase in the retention time and recirculation of effluent to the inlet to the works to improve the process of nitrification will improve the final effluent quality. Process controller training will also facilitate improved operation of the plants and reduction in the risk rating. The finalisation of the W2RAP will assist the Amajuba Local Municipality to implement risk based interventions to further improve the management and performance of their plants. (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREAS

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Utrecht Ponds, Dannhauser/Tweediedale, Utrecht/Welgedagt, Durnacol

Risk Trend Analysis

2010/11 Green Drop Score 2010/11:  58.1%

Regulatory Impression: The Amajuba District Municipality wastewater services have improved markedly when compared to the 2009 Green Drop status, with the exception of Durnacol. The municipal score of 58.1% indicated that performance is still not on par with the full expectations of the regulation programme, but is certainly moving to a position of strength. The municipality is congratulated for the positive step taken in terms of management systems, such as bylaws, asset management and data credibility. The one exception is the Durnacol sewer system, which not only shows a negative trend (↓) in Green Drop certification, but the treatment plant condition digressed to now reside in high risk space (↑). It is a concern that the reasonable good score of 72.2% for Dannhauser /Tweediedale is not supported by the site inspection score (30%). Whilst some improvement in management systems are evident, process control and maintenance aspects impede on plant performance, which again manifest in substandard effluent qualities – evidently for all 4 plants. Amajuba would draw benefit when paying closer attention to process control and optimisation of the systems, with all systems having adequate capacity to meet the existing and foreseeable future wastewater demand in the district. (ref 5)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Utrecht Ponds, Dannhauser/Tweediedale, Utrecht/Welgedagt, Durnacol

2009 Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score: 47%

Regulatory Impression:  In terms of the overall Green Drop Assessment, most of the works are performing relatively poorly. Generic improvement areas for all the works are compliance in terms of: Registration and classification of the works as well as the operating staff, WWQ compliance, and Response to waste water treatment failures. (Ref 3)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Amajuba  WWTW 2009

Dannhauser (KZ 254)
Top Tel. No. 034 621 2666
Fax No. 034 621 3114
Email/Web info@dannhauser.gov.za  ;  www.dannhauser.gov.za 
Address 8 Church Street, Private Bag X1011, Dannhauser, 3080
Towns: Dannhauser, Hattingspruit
Water tariffs:

Documents
Dams: Ntshingwayo Dam

Newcastle (KZ 252)
Top Tel. No. 034 328 7600
Fax No. 034 312 1570
Email/Web coo@newcastle.gov.za          www.newcastle.gov.za 
Address Private Bag X6621, Newcastle, 2940
Towns: Ballengeich, Charlestown, Ingogo, Madadeni, Newcastle, Normandien, Ozisweni, Welbedacht
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Geographical overview of water infrastructure

Documents
2012 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012: 96.65% 

Newcastle, Madadeni, Sizweni, Blauwbosch

Regulatory Impression: Officials and management from both Newcastle Local Municipality and uThukela Water continued to display exemplary dedication to drinking water quality management. The Department wishes to congratulate Newcastle Water Services Authority and uThukela Water for achieving Blue Drop certification in the supply system of Newcastle, Madadeni, Sizweni and Blauwbosch. The DWA Inspectors were impressed by the technical skills of uThukela Water staff, note was made of the noteworthy water safety planning process completed for the Newcastle - supply system. Acknowledgement was also given for the much improved compliance monitoring programme maintained by the WSA / WSP the last 12 months and the sustained submission of information to the Department. An area that remains a significant concern is the limited correspondence between Newcastle, together with uThukela Water and the Pixley ka Seme Local Municipality. While Newcastle and uThukela Water still has to complete the water safety planning process in the Charlestown distribution network (which should include a full SANS 241 analyses of the water at the point of consumption), the Department requires Newcastle Local Municipality / uThukela Water to commence a working relationship with the Pixley ka Seme Local Municipality - Newcastle and uThukela Water is challenged to further show their commitment to excellence drinking water quality management by showing that drinking water quality management processes in the Charlestown supply system can improve significantly. (Ref 6)

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Newcastle, Madadeni, Sizweni and Blauwbosch

2011 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011: 75.61% 
Regulatory Impression: From a regulatory perspective, the situation in Newcastle Local Municipality improved slightly from previous assessments, areas of concern still in clear view is the limited correspondence between Newcastle (assisted by uThukela Water as water services provider) and the Pixley ka Seme Local Municipality supplying Charlestown with water from the Volksrust water treatment plant. Areas of concern (i.e. water safety planning, process control and adequacy of the monitoring programme) can only improve if Newcastle shows that Charlestown is managed according risks which had been identified from the treatment facility. Actual drinking water quality (DWQ) compliance within the Newcastle supply systems needs to improve before the municipality and uThukela Water can content for Blue Drop certification. Disinfection needs to be optimised, while monitoring occurs for 12 months as required for microbiological determinands. Chemical monitoring also needs to improve, in particular proof of a full SANS 241 analyses (South African standard for drinking water) needs to be submitted to confirm that monitoring only fluoride is sufficient to confirm that drinking water is safe for lifetime human consumption. (Ref 4)

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2010 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  74.8% 
Regulatory Impression: The Department performed a detailed audit in November 2009 of the operations of the Newcastle Local Municipality, in particular uThukela Water, and was reasonably impressed in the professionalism with which DWQ management is approached. Management commitment is fundamental for sustained performance and the development / implementation of water safety plans. Unfortunately the non-commitment of Gert Sibande Local Municipality impacted negatively on the score of the Charlestown water supply system (compliance with Reg. 2834 and asset management). Dedicated effort is therefore needed to develop a water safety plan for this system with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Chemical compliance monitoring should expand to include health parameters listed in the South African national standard. It is further advisable to improve the ad-hoc process optimisation evaluations to more formalised, pro-active process audits. The Asset Register should detail the remaining useful life of assets accurately; also indicate the capex / asset renewal programme.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 2010

2009 Blue Drop Score 2009
  • Average Blue Drop Score:  70.5%

  • Average DWQ Compliance:  99.03%

Regulatory Impression: Other than required improvement in process controlling and incident preparedness, the municipality is performing very well in its task to manage drinking water quality. With current levels of performance, Blue Drop certification is eminent. (Ref 1)

BLUE DROP REPORT CARD

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Newcastle 2009


2012 Green Drop Risk Assessment 

Regulatory Impression: The Newcastle Local Municipality use uThukela Water as their WSP who has a comprehensive involvement in the management and operations of the Municipality’s water and sanitation services. The Municipality and uThukela Water are actively trying to improve their operation and management of their works through the implementation of actions identified in their corrective action plan and the implementation of the W2RAP. Five of the plants are now categorised as low risk plants and one as a medium risk plant. The Charlestown Ponds and Madendeni ponds do not discharge any effluent and therefore have a lower risk to the receiving environment. The Madendeni ponds are currently not receiving any influent and are to be decommissioned. The key risk parameter is the poor level of microbiological effluent compliance at each plant. Interventions have been implemented to address the poor disinfection process, which will improve compliance and reduce the risk of the plant. The Osizweni plant and Madendni plant are both hydraulically overloaded due to the ingress of stormwater and poor water conservation/water demand management. Appropriate interventions need to be developed and implemented to address this in order to reduce the overloaded conditions at the plants and facilitate optimised treatment performance. The Municipality is in the process of finalising their W2RAP. Implementation of the W2RAP will assist the Municipality to implement risk based interventions to improve the performance of their plants and the reduction in the risk rating. (Ref 7)

GREEN DROP ASSESSMENT AREAS

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Charlestown Ponds, Kilbarchin-Ngagane, Madadeni

Madadeni Ponds, Newcastle, Osizweni

2009 Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score: 41%

Regulatory Impression:  Based on the assessment results, the overall WWQ management performance of Newcastle Local Municipality and its WSP are less than satisfactory. The assessments indicated that there is improvement required in most of the areas assessed and specifically with regard to the stressed capacity of most of the works and their planned Response Management to wastewater failures.  (Ref 3)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Newcastle WWTW

2010/11 Green Drop Score 2010/11: 71.5%

Regulatory Impression: The Newcastle Local Municipality wastewater performance improved markedly compared to the 2009 status, as is evident by the improved (↑) Green Drop scores for 3 of the 4 systems. The overall municipal Green Drop score of 71.5% indicates that the wastewater services are still not on par with the expectations of the regulation programme, but certainly progressing to an assenting position. Affirmation is found in the CRR evidence where all plants have turned around (↑) or arrested (→) their risk positions and is on a sustainable path of responsible risk abatement and mitigation. All treatment plants are in low or medium risk space, and these results are confirmed by the site inspection results. Although a positive picture is presented by the trends analysis, the gaps are still apparent and need to be redressed without delay. The most distinguished shortcomings are noted in monitoring and GDS results submission, whereas the overall non-compliance to effluent quality- and hydraulic overload of the Osizweni and Madadeni plants are some of the more serious gaps. The plants with adequate operational capacity are also not discharging high quality effluent, which presents opportunity in terms of process control optimisation and improvement upon maintenance efficiency. The poor performance by the Charles Town Ponds impact negatively on the overall municipal score and reflect poorly on the positive progress made by Newcastle. (Ref 5)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Osizweni, Madadeni, Newcastle

Kilbarchin-Ngagane, Charlestown Ponds

2009 Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score: 41%

Regulatory Impression:  Based on the assessment results, the overall WWQ management performance of Newcastle Local Municipality and its WSP are less than satisfactory. The assessments indicated that there is improvement required in most of the areas assessed and specifically with regard to the stressed capacity of most of the works and their planned Response Management to wastewater failures.  (Ref 3)

GREEN DROP REPORT CARD

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Newcastle WWTW


eMadlangeni (Utrecht) (KZ 253)
Top Tel. No. 034 331 3041
Fax No. 034 331 4312
Email/Web www.emadlangeni.gov.za 
Address PO Box 11, Utrecht, 2980
Towns: Blood River, Groenvlei, Kingsley, Utrecht
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Geographical overview of waste water treatment works

Documents
Ref 1 Department Water and Environmental Affairs: : Blue Drop Report 2009_ Version 1
Ref 5 Department Water and Environmental Affairs: : Green Drop Report 2010/11
Ref 6 Department WaterAffairs: :Blue Drop Report 2012
Ref 7 Department WaterAffairs: :Green Drop Progress 2012