Two new 100% locally manufactured truck-mounted jetting units built by Werner South Africa Pumps & Equipment (Pty) Ltd will assist the East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) in a mammoth project to save the Vaal River.
The river is in crisis thanks to untreated sewerage flowing into it from three water treatment plants. This has poisoned fish, caused blocked drains and has even been flowing into the local community’s homes and streets. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has set aside R341 million to completely overhaul wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Vaal Triangle. ERWAT has been tasked with ensuring that all wastewater treatment infrastructure is resuscitated to an operational state and to stop pollution of the Vaal River.
The multi-stakeholder project is expected to create 2 000 jobs through a partnership between with COGTA in Gauteng, South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) and the East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) and local municipalities.
As part of its clean-up operations, ERWAT has purchased two truck-mounted jetting units from Werner Pumps. The company has been designing, manufacturing, supplying and maintaining specialist high-pressure jetting equipment for more than three decades.
“It is gratifying to know that our units will be assisting in a project of this nature,” says Sebastian Werner, Managing Director at Werner Pumps. “Because we manufacture the trucks ourselves, we are not only able to customise each unit to a client’s needs, but also to ensure we maintain the highest quality standards. We understand that municipalities and water and wastewater management specialists like ERWAT need to be able to rely on their trucks to perform in challenging conditions to meet the needs of the communities they serve.”
Werner adds that the units provided to ERWAT are equipped with remote operating functionality, as well as electronic monitoring. This means greater operator safety and visibility, and also makes for easy maintenance scheduling. Werner Pumps also provides onsite maintenance and 24-hour technical support to ensure the trucks remain in working condition at all times. “We have been ISO9001 certified and are the first in our industry locally to achieve this standard,”
Werner says. “And we are now producing recycling units locally too, which means companies now have access to South African trucks – built to the same standards as their European counterparts – but without the headaches of long lead-times on orders or currency fluctuations.”
The recent Truck Body Structure Survey in South Africa, commissioned by Toyota Japan for the Hino division of Toyota South Africa Motors, confirmed that Werner Pumps meets the required standards of body builders for vacuum tank vehicles in the Hino 500 series. Werner believes this is in part due to implementing ISO9001 standards, and also thanks to the team’s rigorous attention to detail when it comes to the manufacturing process.
Werner Pumps will be exhibiting its specialist high-pressure jetting equipment at IFAT Africa trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling from 9 to 11 July at Gallagher Convention Centre. Visit them in the outdoor area exiting Hall 5.