The KSD Presidential Intervention was earmarked for the socio-economic upliftment of the OR Tambo district. At the centre of the intervention is the development of 17 000 new low-income houses and the upgrade of 18 000 informal households in the town of Mthatha.
Based on the Mthatha Waste Water Master Plan prepared by Mariswe in 2012, a conceptual design was accepted to upgrade the Mthatha Waste Water Treatment Works to a capacity of 50 Ml/d to accommodate the long-term needs of the town.
Phase 1 involved refurbishing the existing 12 Ml/d biofilter works, as well as provision of additional 8Ml/d treatment capacity with waste stabilisation ponds to provide a 20Ml/d WWTW to address capacity constraints. This was followed by construction of a new 50 Ml/d intake works to accommodate the anticipated future capacity of the WWTW.
Phase 2 involved a new 12Ml/d treatment module to expand the capacity of the WWTW to 32 Mℓ/d to accommodate the medium-term growth needs of Mthatha.