The Tsomo River abstraction and water treatment project is 90% complete.
The 25 megalitres per day reservoir will supply Intsika Yethu, Mnquma and Engcobo local
It has emerged that the Chris Hani District Municipality will be applying for an increase to 42 megalitres a day to accommodate Amathole District Municipality project.
A report issued by the water and sanitation department stated that 286, 056 people would benefit upon the completion of the construction.
At present 51, 900 people and 8, 650 homes were benefitting from the reservoir, the statement said.
Water and sanitation minister Senzo Mchunu visited the mega reservoir with his two deputy ministers David Mahlobo and Dikeledi Magadzi on Thursday.
Mchunu said: “Water is a right for everyone. We should make sure that right is exercised for all people equally including those in rural areas.
”Clean water must be everywhere.’’
During his three-day visit in the Eastern Cape, Mchunu said he had a series of engagements with premier Oscar Mabuyane and the department’s water and sanitation provincial management team.