The upgrading of the Shemula Water Treatment Works and bulk distribution network creates a regional water scheme capable of providing potable water to some 42 680 households. The project supplies the northern portion of Jozini and Umhlabuyalingana Local Municipalities within the uMkhanyakude District Municipality in northern Kwazulu-Natal, an area of approximately 3 315 km².
It is being implemented in phases, with Phase 1 completed in 2015, Phase 2 in 2017, and phases 3 to 6 following consecutively.
Phase 1 included a new 20 Ml/day rapid gravity sand filter water treatment works, various raw and clear water pump stations, rising main to command reservoir and additional water storage at the site, new terminal and storage reservoirs, approximately 155 km of new bulk pipelines, and reticulation to users in several districts. Phase 2 comprised an additional 15 km of pipeline and a 5Ml reservoir.