select
|

Emmarentia Dam to receive R25 million upgrade

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) is embarking on an 8 month rehabilitation project for Emmarentia Dam at a cost of R25 million.



The dam is located on the Westdene spruit which is a tributary of the Juskei River and is a popular recreational venue for the residents of Joburg.

At 103 years, the dam’s ageing infrastructure, erosion, corrosion and several significant floods have necessitated the City’s investment in proactive maintenance of this landmark. “While Emmarentia dam had significant improvements undertaken in 1988, a comprehensive investigation recently undertaken by the JRA confirmed that preventative maintenance and flood retention protection is required to safeguard the dam’s integrity and ensure the safety of residential properties downstream”, confirmed JRA Acting Managing Director Mpho Kau.

“The investigation revealed some subsiding with the dam wall slope stability to be potentially at risk, and that urgent repairs are required to the return channel as a major flood could undermine the existing gabion and concrete walls causing significant structural damage, while continued erosion could expose the banks and possibly undermine existing municipal roads located in close proximity to the right hand side of the return channel”, explained Kau, “ In addition, the Olifants road located along the crest of the dam’s embankment has also been affected by possible leakages within storm water inlet structures requiring repairs and road reconstruction.”

The rehabilitation project, which started in April 2015, is being undertaken in accordance with the City of Johannesburg Stormwater By-Laws and Dam Safety Regulations considering the dam is classified as medium sized with a category III High Hazard Potential Rating.

The project scope includes:

- Improving the flood prevention facility system to protect properties located downstream of the dam from flooding. This includes excavating and repairing the pipework and surrounding soil at the stormwater structures located along the dam, altering outlet structures; repairing the box culvert outlet, widening the control section and constructing a gabion wall on the eastern side of the outlet;

- Repairing the dam wall by strengthening the stone protection layer;

- Addressing the obstructions currently located in the upstream of the culvert spillway which decrease the capacity, including the removal of the canoe storage shed located in the immediate vicinity of the spillway inlet as this poses a serious risk in terms of public safety;

- Removal of trees located on the side of the left bank, as well as a large Plane tree on the upstream embankment, which, following consultation with academics will grow significantly in size potentially becoming detrimental to the embankment integrity;

- Implementing protection measures to prevent future erosion caused by the high volumes of flooding water which includes gabion wall reconstruction and repairs as well as reconstructing the bottom of the channel;

- Construction of a concrete wall in the area where the channel comes in close proximity to the roadway to prevent damage to the roadway, as well as reconstruction of the Olifants road;

- Repairs to a portion of the wall which is subsiding next to the bridge support; and

- Negotiations with the Canoe and Sailing clubs and investigations of alterations to the Club’s configurations.

“We look forward to the completion of these preventative measures which will ensure the dam has the capacity to convey a flooding event of the 25 year recurrence flood peak value, and we request the community’s cooperation whilst work is underway as all rehabilitation will be undertaken without draining the dam” said JRA Acting Managing Director Mpho Kau.

The project which commenced in April 2015 is envisaged to be completed in January 2016.


  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
  
2000
Characters remaining


    Latest Property News
    • 19 Jan 2018
      Extending from Randfontein in the west to Roodepoort in the east and including the towns of Krugersdorp and Magaliesburg, the West Rand has a plethora of property available to residents who choose to make this unique area their home.
    • 19 Jan 2018
      When it comes to financial planning, doing the work to ensure you’re prepared for unexpected emergencies is just as important as ticking off your other goals and New Year’s resolutions. The beginning of the year is also the perfect time to review your various insurance policies.
    • 19 Jan 2018
      No surprises at the first Monetary Policy Committee of 2018, as Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, announced that the interest rates would stay at their current levels.
    • 18 Jan 2018
      The Southern Suburbs make up some of the most popular residential areas in Cape Town, comprising charming groups of suburbs which lie to the south-east of the slopes of Table Mountain. It is seen as the city's most expensive residential neighbourhoods with a choice of various private schools, upmarket eateries, wine estates, beautiful homes and trendy apartments.
    • 18 Jan 2018
      New year, new goals! If you’ve resolved to purchase your first property in 2018, then this 6-step guide from the Rawson Property Group is a must-read. It will help you navigate and simplify what is often be seen as a confusing process of buying your first home – right from the house-hunt to the house-warming.
    • 17 Jan 2018
      While the current property market may still favour buyers, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be well prepared before putting in an offer to purchase.
    • 17 Jan 2018
      Lightstone lists Blair Atholl as the most expensive suburb with an average house price of R11.2 million, followed by Westcliff (R10.5 million), Dunkeld (R9.3 million), Sandhurst (R9.1 million) and Inanda (R7.2 million).
    • 17 Jan 2018
      As it currently stands, there are four main ways in which a home can be bought in South Africa, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who adds that deciding in which legal entity to purchase the property is not a decision that should be entered into lightly, as each has its pros and cons.
        
    X
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Name  
    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    select
    X
    Share this Page

       
    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    About
    Connect with us
    FEEDBACK