Gift of the Givers' aquifer project to go live in Beaufort West

The taps will pump two million litres of water from new aquifers into the Gamka Dam pipeline. Photo: Gift of the Givers

CAPE TOWN - Charity organisation Gift of the Givers’ Beaufort West Witperd aquifer development project for the drought-stricken town in the Western Cape north of Cape Town will formally come online on Monday.

Gift of the Givers founder and chairman Imtiaz Sooliman said the taps would open at 1pm, pumping two million litres of water from new aquifers into the Gamka Dam pipeline and onwards into the town’s water reservoir.

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“Our special thanks to mayor [Japie] van der Linde and his team that extended total co-operation to Gift of the Givers team led by Dr Gideon Groenewald (hydrologist, geologist, and palaeontologist), Martyn Landmann (driller), and engineer Hennie de Jager (who connected the new five production boreholes to the main water line from the Gamka Dam),” he said in a statement.

The launch programme would start at 12.30pm at the “Witperd Boorgatveld” with an explanation of the procedure followed since Gift of the Givers’ intervention on 1 November.

“At 1pm the pressure valve will be opened, pumping water from the aquifer to the pipeline. At 2pm the team assembles at the main waterworks in the town to witness the flow of water into the main reservoir. 

“Our special thanks to the University of the Free State for free testing of all water samples and Hose Manufacturers Africa for the contribution of two complete borehole systems at no cost,” Sooliman said.

African News Agency

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