Friday, September 16, 2022

Areas outside planned City's major water maintenance, affected

The City of Cape Town says it is aware of residents in areas outside of the original footprint that’s experiencing water supply constraints. The municipality is conducting what it dubbed, ''essential maintenance work on the Cape Flats bulk water pipeline network'', which began in the early hours of Friday morning and will last until 3a.m on Monday.

Areas that have no water for 3 days are Pelican Heights, Peacock Close and Schaapkraal. The City said standpipes and water tanker is provided in these areas. Other areas on the Cape Flats will experience low water pressure.

PICTURE - CoCT: Areas affected by water maintenace


Residents in certain areas complained as they experienced unexpected low pressures, which is not listed in the City’s initial plan.

Mayco member for water and sanitation, Zahid Badroodien said this situation should improve once water has been rerouted from other parts of the water supply network over the next few hours.

‘’This is a mammoth undertaking, and the City thanks residents for their patience during this time. I want to reassure them that we have all hands on deck to oversee the successful completion of the project, and to mitigate the impacts on affected residents. The City proactively activated its Disaster Coordinating Team in Goodwood to monitor and respond to all aspects related to this dynamic operation. Key aspects include the management of water tankers in areas with no water supply, and ensuring the safety of teams in the trenches, doing the maintenance work.’’

Badroodien apologized for the error, and asked for resident’s patience

‘’Our teams are working around the clock to ensure the work on the valve replacements is completed as soon as possible. While this operation has been planned in great detail, in the event of unforeseen circumstances, we will make every effort to address these in the shortest time possible, through the DCT.’’

‘’All residents currently impacted by low water pressure are encouraged to store water in clean sealed containers in case of unforeseen circumstances. The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused and reiterates that all consumers ultimately benefit from these improvements to the water supply infrastructure network,’’ he added.


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