East Rand Water Care Company

A truly indigenous South African wastewater company providing bulk wastewater conveyance and a highly technical and proficient wastewater treatment service to some 2 000 industries and more than 3,5 million people.

Provision and maintenance of process control systems

Advanced chemical and bacteriological laboratory services

Research and development in water-related areas

Industry-specific training in both the scientific and operating fields

Physical Address: Heidelberg Road, Maraisdrift, Nigel

The Herbert Bickley works is situated south of Nigel town and falls within the DD5 drainage district. Built in 1948, and upgraded and extended on several occasions over a period of time, the works is designed to treat 10,5 megalitres per day of industrial effluent and raw sewage from the Nigel, Duduza, Alrapark, Mackenzieville and Jameson Park areas. Both biological filtration and activated sludge are employed as treatment processes.

A central inlet works, incorporating the processes of screening and grit removal serves the works. The older biological filtration module includes primary sedimentation and biological filtration. The effluent is pumped to the activated sludge module for further treatment. The BNR activated sludge module includes a conventional 3 stage reactor basin and final clarification. The effluent is finally chlorinated before discharging it into the Blesbokspruit. A portion of the final effluent is utilised by the Nigel Correctional Services facility for irrigation purposes.

Capacity : 10.50 Mℓ/d

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ERWAT welcomes new Managing Director

Mr Tumelo Gopane recently joined ERWAT as Managing Director.

“I am honored to have been appointed as ERWAT’s Managing Director. It is a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers high quality services and innovative solutions to its clients and that continuously pursues excellence in the water sector”, says Gopane.

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Important information for suppliers and vendors


National Treasury has introduced the CSD (Central Supplier Database). In line with National Treasury directives ERWAT is no longer accepting vendor applications as from 1 July 2016. All vendors must now register on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. For more information please visit our "Procurement" page.


War On Leaks Program by DWS

A “War on Leaks” program was recently launched by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), in collaboration with Rand Water.

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Four ERWAT plants received recognition at WISA 2014

Four of ERWAT’s larger wastewater treatment works (WWTW) were recognised for their achievements at a recent conference hosted by the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA). These WWTW’s are Waterval, Olifantsfontein, Dekema and Rondebult.

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ERWAT and Stellenbosch University join forces in research

A new research chair, sponsored by the East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT), will focus on new innovations in water research, as well as upping the skills of researchers, engineers and technical personnel in water treatment and management.

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