22 September, 2014: Underprivileged communities in the Free State are being provided with improved hygiene standards and sanitary conditions, as part of a multi-million Rand sewerage upgrade project across the province that involves the replacement of portable toilets with permanent structures that are linked to municipal sewerage lines.
Leading fluid conveyance products and solutions expert Incledon is supplying the project, funded by regional water authority Bloem Water, with R15-million worth of free-standing toilet structures, PVC piping products and sewerage fittings. Sales representative Dewald Hattingh notes that work on this first-of-its-kind local project began in mid-2013 and is due for completion in mid-2015.
“This is an enormous project that involves the upliftment of thousands of Free State residents that have previously been using the portable toilet system in their communities. Incledon is proud to be making a measurable difference to socio-economic conditions in the province, through the supply of more than 1 500 permanent toilet structures and over 40 km ofinfrastructurePVC piping too,” he explains.
The toilet structures consist of a low-level toilet pan with a plastic seat and cistern that comes standard with sewer fittings and a stainless steelsink. The toilets are also fully enclosed by three brick walls, together with a steel door and roof. In addition to offering the user greater privacy and dignity, the structures also improve health and safety conditions, as all waste is transported to municipal sewerage linesvia the SABS-accredited Durodrain PVC pipes supplied by Incledon.
Incledon has supplied communities in Botshabelo, Trompsburg, Smithfield, Bethulie and Steynsburg with more than 1 000 toilet structures and kilometres of PVC pipe to date. The company will also be supplying an estimated 700 more units in Botshabelo during September.
“This is a large-scale project that involves considerable logistics, and ultimately some distribution and logistical challenges. Incledon’s scope of work within the communities has been running smoothly to date, thanks to a good working relationship and mutual understanding between all parties involved throughoutthe supply chain,” adds Incledon Bloemfontein sales representative Dumpie Oerson.
Hattingh is confident that the project will be completed within agreed deadlines and budgets. “The outlook for this project is overwhelmingly positive and I believe that its success may prompt other provincial authorities to implement similar initiatives. This in turn creates further growth opportunities for Incledon in the municipal sector – a market in which company already boasts an impressive track record and unrivalled reputation,” he concludes.
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