SA Affordable Housing November - December 2018 // Issue: 73 - Page 5

NEWS Massive stormwater channel in Paarl, W Cape A huge stormwater drainage channel has been completed at Vlakkeland low-cost housing estate in a peri-urban area on the outskirts of Paarl. W to protect the new housing estate from water flows during heavy downpours. Specified by the Western Cape’s Provincial Government, it was designed by consulting engineers, Lyners and Associates, based on input from Guillaume Nel Environmental Consultants (GNEC) and some initial ith over 79 000 precast permeable concrete Terracrete grass blocks, manufactured by Terraforce licensee and CMA member Klapmuts Concrete, the A 1.8km by 6.5m wide stormwater drainage channel forms the major component of a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) designed Terracrete grass blocks lining the stormwater channel. Mini gabion dams were included in the project to reduce flow rates. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2018 3