Update on desalination plant

The season is over and Sedgefield belongs to the locals again. Yay!

The village was packed over the holidays and water consumption almost doubled at times, but the desalination plant came up trumps. According to the local paper there were a couple of minor problems – a leaking pipe and one of the brine discharge points wasn’t working correctly – but overall the plant functioned very smoothly and kept the town taps flowing.

I went down to the beach this morning and there is no evidence on the shore of any activity, it’s all perfectly hidden. Workers were busy on what I presume was the leaking pipe, but otherwise the sea side is as flawlessly beautiful as ever.

Marine specialists have been taking daily samples of sea water and marine life in the vicinity of the water intake areas as well as at the brine discharge points. Amongst other things, they are checking the temperature and salinity of the samples.

Data collection started two weeks before the plant was commissioned and it is still continuing. The info collected will be summarised and the resulting reports will be made available to anyone who wants to see them. The raw data will also be on hand for those interested, keeping the conspiracy theorists happy!

The plant, in the far corner of the Myoli parking lot, is pretty inconspicuous. It’s right next to the public toilets so it’s not as if it has marred  a local beauty spot.

Desalination plant in Myoli parking lot


8 Responses to “Update on desalination plant”

  1. 1 shoreacres January 16, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I’m amazed by how small the plant looks. That’s nice. And, as you say, it isn’t marring the neighborhood.

    It’s good that things seem to be going so well. I’m especially glad you made it through the tourist season without any glitches – no bad publicity for the area. It will be interesting to track the data on its performance.

    We’re through our cold snap, and with luck that’ll be it for the year. We may drop below freezing again, but I hope not to see any more ice on the water.

  2. 2 Mike February 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Nice to see a dispassionate comment. You are quite right about what has been going on. Like any engineering project, minor adjustments are needed. Two small leaks on feed pipes and some adjustments to the pipes that return the brine to the sea.

    As you say, now that the plant is working, it’s a bit of a non-event.

  3. 4 Jo December 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Hi there, any idea how i can get hold of the marine reports/data? many thanks

  4. 5 Mike December 17, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Hi Jeannine – Don’t know whether you’ve been on Myoli Beach recently. I’ve seen a pic of the warning signs and I think they are bizarre. Someone needs to take the Municipality on. The beach is a tourist drawcard and tourists are our life-blood

    For Jo, the environmental consultants will have the marine reports/data available as pdf for download form their web-site – http://www.cape-eaprac.co.za

  5. 7 Jeannine December 17, 2010 at 6:15 am

    I was hoping you’d reply to this Mike – Thanks!
    Ya, I have seen the signs, as you say, bizarre. The first thing the kids did was stand in the cordoned off area waiting for the sinking sand. Of course, nothing happened.
    I think I’ll go down later and get some pics. Thanks for the great photo from New Zealand – superb.

  6. 8 Mike January 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    hi Jeannine – The crowds on the beach must mean that our shops have had a good season to help them through the rest of the year. Where I am, the beaches have black sand and are thankfully not as crowded. My son-in-law caught us a supper of fresh gurnard the other day. Yummy!

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