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Bulk Water Services

Bloemwater has intensified it's water monitoring in the Northern Free State (Ornage River Region) area. Every month throughout the whole of Northern Free State over 60 samples are taken and analyzed to ensure compliance with the SANS 241.1 standard. Between 42 and 46 determents is checked and over 4000 analysis with inclusive of plant control analysis carried out each month. The results show exellent compliance with the highest category (Class 1) in the Standard, which confirms that the drinking water in Northern Free State is one of the best in the world.


With the current project for laboratory Accreditation it is indication to show commitment from Bloemwater to supply high quality water. This laboratory services the following areas:


  • Bethulie.
  • Gariep.
  • Springfontein.
  • Trompsburg.
  • Phillippolis.
  • Jagersfontein, and
  • Fauresmith.


The planning and implementation of new infrastructure projects is crucial to meet the current and future water demands as projected in various studies undertaken by Bloem Water and the Department of Water Affairs’ Greater Bloemfontein Reconciliation Studies “(Refer to Operations and Maintenance Section for details). Bloem Water also serves as Implementing Agent (IA) for the Department of Water Affairs’ (DWA) projects in the Free State. The programmes that are currently implemented include the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG), the Accelerated Community Infrastructure Programme (ACIP) and the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MWIG).


The Bloem Water Capital Expenditure budget for the 2012/13 financial year was R189 million. These projects are also reported to the Presidential Infrastructure Commission Committee (PICC) quarterly. The projects implemented for the year in review range from bulk water pipelines, reservoirs, buildings to rehabilitation of sludge lagoons.The budget split for the Extension and Refurbishment projects are indicated in the graph. Refurbishment Projects relates to renovations, upgrades and/or repairs to existing assets.The work is undertaken to ensure that the existing capacity is maintained in terms of output requirements. Extension Projects relates to work undertaken to increase the capacity of the existing assets.

Completed projects


Orange River Region (ORR)

  • Bethulie gravity line
  • Springfontein/Trompsburg water supply 200 mm diameter pipeline.


Modder River Region (MRR)

  • Bulk water supply to Yoxford
  • New raw-water pump set
  • Increase Reservoir Capacity at OK


Caledon River Region (CRR)

  • Extend Novo pumping capacity
  • Pipeline between Welbedacht and Knellpoort


Bloemfontein Head Office/Other/ refurbishments and upgrades

  • Boreholes
  • Bloemfontein Office extension
  • Single quarters in the different regions

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