A local Kimberley community consisting of 30 families, who live 15 km from Droogfontein Solar Power, are about to receive purified drinking water for the first time. Comprising mostly of farm workers, this community has to-date been getting their drinking water untreated from the Vaal River, leaving the families vulnerable to a number of water illnesses. “Currently these homes are drinking water drawn directly from the river and are running a risk of sickness caused by contamination. The purified water will greatly reduce the risk of sickness and increase the wellbeing of the local community,” Mark Pickering, General Manager of Droogfontein Solar Power.
The families that will benefit form part of the Droogfontein Community Property Association, and the landowners of the solar project. “The Community Property Association executive committee decided on the two locations for the water purification plants; ensuring that there is access to water, an electrical supply and in close proximity to a group of homes who are in desperate need of clean drinking water,” added Foster.
The water purification plants, which cost around R400 000, are containerized purification units complete with pumps, filters, valves and controls to purify the water directly from an existing water supply so that it is safe for drinking. The plants also consist of one 10,000L tank for unpurified water and one 10,000L tank for purified water.
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Droogfontein Solar Power (RF) (Pty) Ltd is majority owned by Globeleq, the emerging markets power company, and its consortium partners, Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa, Thebe Investment Corporation, the Droogfontein Solar Park Trust, the Droogfontein Community Property Association, Enzani Technologies and Usizo Engineering. Siemens is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project and will provide maintenance services for the first five years of operation. Construction is managed by Mainstream Construction. The project company is managed by Globeleq.
Issued by: Tina Meier
Issued for: Droogfontein Solar Power
Date: February 2014