Binfield Water Treatment Works

Amatola Water appointed Afri-Coast Engineers SA (Pty) Ltd on 27 January 2014 as the consulting engineers to foresee the Provision of Professional Consulting Services for the Upgrade of the Binfield Water Supply Scheme (WSS). The Binfield WSS obtains raw water from the Binfield Park Dam and supplies potable water to the surrounding rural villages. The area served by the Binfield Water Supply Scheme is the Tyume River Valley and the Amathole Basin situated immediately north and north east respectively of the town of Alice in the Eastern Cape Province in an area that previously was part of the former Ciskei. The area served now falls within the Amathole District Municipality.The Binfield WTW is located approximately 400m downstream of the Binfield Park Dam, also known as the Tyume River Dam. The works and dam are accessed via a gravel road turn off from the R345 road at Macfarlarn Village, approximately 12,5km north of the town of Alice on the way to Hogsback.


Future Water Demands


For economic and social growth, as well as improving quality of life, Amatola Water has set a minimum standard for potable water supply at 750l per household per day.

Amatola Water instructed that WTW losses of 5% and system losses of 12% be used when calculating the future water demands. The calculated future water demands, including system losses, are shown in Table 2.

The scope of work included the capacity upgrading of the Binfield Water treatment Works (WTW), provision of a 24 hour capacity bulk storage reservoir, investigation and analysis of the existing bulk water supply pipelines and service reservoirs providing water to the villages supplied by the scheme, and the upgrading of these if required.

Amatola Water has identified the Ngqushwa, Nkonkobe and Amahlathi Municipalities located within the Amathole District Municipality as being economically depressed and currently mainly receiving the minimum standard of water of 25l per person per today. In order to meet the proposed increased water supply to residents, the capacity of the Binfield WTW needs to provide more than double from the present 4.8Ml/d to 11.7Ml/d. Existing bulk pump stations and rising mains would need to be upsized to meet the increased demands.