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How Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades Massively Increase Capacity

Water and wastewater treatment plant

Upgrading existing water and wastewater treatment plants is essential in order to meet the demands of population growth in areas or increased water usage in factories or mines. An upgrade will also assist in keeping up to standard with industry regulations which may have changed. In order to upgrade with minimal disruption, while keeping within budget, professional water and wastewater engineers should be consulted. They will assess your current solution, advise on how capacity can be increased while remaining standardised to specific industry regulations and budget, and go ahead with the implementation process, from design straight through to maintenance.

Here are some examples of upgrades done to water and wastewater treatment plants which massively increased the capacity of these plants.

The Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Plant in Cape Town, South Africa

The current upgrade of the Zandvliet wastewater plant in Cape Town will see it increase its daily capacity by 18 million litres. Currently, this wastewater treatment plant has the capacity to handle 72 million litres, with the upgrade, it will have the total capacity of 90 million litres. With this increased capacity, all housing developments, schools and commercial developments will be sufficiently catered for. Along with the increased capacity, the process and technology will also be upgraded, increasing quality and ensuring acceptable standards.

The Kafue Bulk Water Supply Project, Zambia

An intake pump station, situated in the Kafue River, as well as the main water treatment plant were in need of a refurbishment. The mechanical equipment of the water treatment plant and intake pump station were in dire need of replacement/refurbishment. This particular water treatment plant in Zambia supplies major cities, such as Lusaka, with potable water, therefore the maintenance of the plant is crucial. Mentionable features of the solution for the water treatment plant and intake pump station which WEC Projects assisted in designing and developing included:

  • Operation and capacity improvement
  • Increased lifespan
  • Improvements to the intake structure
  • Optimised operation of turbine pumps
  • Improved treated water quality.

The Kafue Bulk Water Supply Project will enable the plant to supply an additional 50 million litres of water per day.

Other examples of water and wastewater treatment plant upgrades increasing capacity include projects in Nhlangano, Swaziland and in Letseng, Lesotho. If you’re looking for water treatment companies to help you solve your water and wastewater problems with effective, industry-leading design, construction and commissioning services, contact us at WEC.