oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - A 16-mgd waterworks plant for a dissolving pulp factory at Umkomaas, Natal



The establishment of major industrial projects in South Africa, with their attendant engineering problems, offers great scope for the Civil Engineer but requires a new approach in respect of financial considerations. The paper covers one of the main civil engineering aspects involved in the recent construction of a dissolving pulp factory at Umkomaas, Natal. This was the provision of a 16.mgd purified water supply scheme. The history of the preliminary investigations and details of the alternative proposals leading up to the final choice of scheme are dealt with, followed by a descriptionption of the works which include a sand weir intake and purification plant. Details of operational difficulties are descriptionbed and the means of dealing with them discussed.


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