Lesotho Highlands Water Project tunnel refilled with water

Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Photo: Aurecon

The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation says the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel was replenished with water on 20 November 2019, following its draining for routine inspection and maintenance at the start of the work last month.

The LHWP augments the water resources in the Vaal River System that provides water to Rand Water, Sasol, Eskom and a large number of smaller users.

The department added that the refill of the tunnel follows the completion of all the repairs and installation of equipment and will pave the way for the transfer of water from Lesotho on 1 December 2019.

“The tunnel was shut down for purposes of inspection and maintenance from 1 October 2019 and will continue until 30 November 2019. During this period no water transfers to the Vaal River system are possible as the tunnel was drained. The shutdown was gazetted by the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation and took effect on 13 September 2019,” says the department in a statement.

The department encouraged water users to continue using water sparingly.