The construction of Spring Grove Dam on the Mooi River upstream of the existing Mearns Weir and about 2km southwest of Rosetta in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands started in February 2011. The project components include:
A roller compacted concrete (RCC) dam with an earth embankment;
Three gauging weirs;
Re-aligment of private acess roads that will be inundated by the dam; and
An artificial fish barrier.
Impoundment of the dam commenced on 26 March 2013.
The Spring Grove Dam will provide much-needed water to the municipalities via the transfer of water to Midmar Dam. The water transfer scheme (pump station and pipeline) under MMTS-2 has been postponed because an appeal against the pipeline route was upheld. A new environmental impact assessment with public participation will be undertaken to determine the preferred pipeline route. The MMTS-1 will be used to transfer water to the Mgeni catchment until the new pipeline is operational by about 2013.
For further information on the following aspects click on the relevant item below:
Download: DAM CHARACTERISTICS
Download: LAND ACQUISITION
Download: ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE
Download: CULTURAL AND HERITAGE IMPACT MITIGATION
Download: PROJECT FACT SHEET
ISSUES AND COMPLAINTS REGISTER:
An Issues Register is available on site to record any issues, complaints or compliments. Each issue and/or complaint is allocated a reference number for the purposes of tracking the status. The responsible person is the Social Monitor, Katie Fenenga. She can be contacted on: 0833874604 . The performance and efficiency of the system, i.e. Issues Register, is also monitored by the independent ECO.
CONSTRUCTION SITE VISITS:
Throughout the construction of the Spring Grove Dam, the project team extended an open invitation to visitors from the public to visit the construction site, which included a briefing session, safety induction and a site visit. Now that construction is complete, and the dam has been handed over to the Department of Water Affairs, the Information Centre has been closed.