The Western Aqueduct is the single largest water infrastructure project undertaken by eThekwini Municipality. It will bring water into Durban from the Midmar Dam and the recently constructed Spring Grove Dam and will meet the needs of the Greater Durban region for the next 30 years. It will provide additional capacity of 400 ML of water per day to augment the 900 ML currently consumed daily by the city and is thus of strategic and socio-economic importance to the Greater Durban region. Its route generally runs along existing municipal roads through the eThekwini region from Umlaas Road, terminating at Ntuzuma, Pinetown, and Tshelimnyama.
The professional team, consisting of Knight Piésold, Royal HaskoningDHV, and Naidu Consulting, formed the Western Aqueduct Joint Venture.
The Western Aqueduct Project was undertaken in two phases and eight construction contracts. Knight Piésold was the lead consultant on both phases. The tasks undertaken by Knight Piésold included:
2018, Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa, Excellence Awards, Winner, Structures & Civils Category