Rand Water is currently the largest bulk water utility in Africa supplying just under 4 000Mℓ/d to over 11 million consumers in the provinces of Gauteng, Northern Free State and Southern Mpumalanga in South Africa.
Rand Water decided to construct a fully automated plant to supply bottled drinking water. The project was undertaken through a turnkey approach that included the design, construction, supply, installation and commissioning of the plant. The bottling plant has the capacity to supply in excess of 40 000, half litre, PET bottles per month and the system is capable of being fully integrated into ISO 90001 accreditation. The water being used is potable water as purified by Rand Water.
Lidwala was appointed to undertake the civil engineering and project management. The civil engineering services included upgrading of an existing building to house the proposed bottling plant at the Zwartkoppies site. This included a clean room, a labelling and packaging room as well as a store room.
The main challenge was to manage the sub-consultant and contractors ensuring:
Provision of the equipment, including the water filtration system, bottling equipment, labelling equipment and packaging equipment.
Installation of the plant and equipment.
Testing and commissioning the plant.
Training plant operators and employees.