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Vaal Dam pipeline project halted due to disputes

The project has been met by strong resistance with residents starting an online petition against it.

FILE: The Vaal Dam gate. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department says its Gauteng officials have inspected the site where a pipeline is being built to pump treated sewage into the Vaal dam, but says the project has been temporarily halted because of construction through a wetland area.

The Metsimaholo Municipality in the Vaal region is building the pipeline which will take sewage from the town of Refenkgotso to a treatment plant, then into the Vaal dam.

The project has been met by strong resistance with residents starting an online petition against it.

But the department's Sputnik Ratau says the municipality does not yet have the required authorisation to continue.

"The Wetland have got to be protected, it's a protected area. Local municipality then wanted to take a shorter route along the road that will go to the Vaal. We had not received a water use application that would speak to that kind of activity. We've not been given that authorisation yet."