ON TIME, WITHIN BUDGET: Khato Civils delivers 100km Masama water pipeline

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President Mokgweetsi Masisi officially commissioned the Masama 100 km pipeline on the 15th of October 2021 following the completion of the project on time and within budget.

Constructed at over P781 million by a Joint Venture of Khato Civils and local company Evolution Engineering, the project transmits 64 Million Cubic Meters of water from Masama Well fields to Mmamashia treatment plant where water is then distributed to various parts of the Greater Gaborone area.

This project augments the existing supply of North South Carrier (NSC) pipeline that draws water from Dikgatlhong and Letsibogo dams.

The current water demand for greater Gaborone is 179 million cubic meters per day against a pre-Masama supply of 130 Million cubic meters per day. This created a deficit of 49 million cubic meters per day. Masama pipeline will provide 64 million cubic meters per day, meeting the daily demand and leaving a surplus of 15 million cubic meters per /day.

Prior to Masama pipeline commissioning the supply sources for greater Gaborone were Gaborone Dam, Bokaa Dam, Molatedi Dam in South Africa, and the North-South Carrier 1 which draws water from Letsibogo and Dikgatlhong Dams. The construction of the pipeline which was awarded in July 2019 started in August 2020. It has been completed within schedule and within budget.

During construction, the project employed 300 people, most of which were Batswana sourced from local communities. The terms of the contract bound the contractor to use unskilled and semi-skilled labour in the project area. Locals throughout the country provided skilled labour and where there was no local skill the company was permitted to source from outside the country with a provision of skills transfer.

When commissioning the pipeline, President Masisi said Masama 100 km water pipeline will go a long way in ensuring Botswana moves towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 6, which calls for all nations to, “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”

“Access to water and sanitation is fundamental to uphold human dignity, as Botswana we have committed in our national Vision 2036 that we will ensure water efficiency and security for all,” he said

The 100 km Masama-Mmamashia pipeline project was prioritized under the emergency projects following water shortages in the Greater Gaborone. The water shortage extended to the constituencies of Mochudi East, Mochudi West, Tlokweng, Moshupa-Manyana, ThamagaKumakwane, Ramotswa, Lobatse, Kanye, Mmathethe-Molapowabojang, Goodhope-Mabule, Mogoditshane-Mmopane as well as Lentsweletau-Mmopane.

Factsheet

Project Value: BWP 781 million

Client & Owner: Water Utilities Corporation

Contractor: Khato Civils& Evolution Joint Venture

Project Status: Completed and Commissioned

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