Water shutdown Cape Town

Around two dozen suburbs will experience major disruptions this weekend – Photo: Unsplash

Parts of Cape Town to face ‘three days WITHOUT water’ this week

A 74-hour water shutdown is set to cause an almighty amount of disruption across Cape Town – we’ve got the details here.

Water shutdown Cape Town

Around two dozen suburbs will experience major disruptions this weekend – Photo: Unsplash

To say this is far from ideal would be the understatement of the century. Several suburbs in Cape Town will be without any running water for the upcoming weekend, as a three-day shutdown gets underway in the Mother City. Many other regions will also experience disruptions.

Why is Cape Town facing a water shutdown this week?

Zahid Badroodien is the MAYCO member for Water and Sanitation. He explained that the upcoming water shutdown is ‘absolutely necessary’ to preserve existing infrastructure. Supply interruptions will start at 1:00 on Friday 16 September, and end at 3:00 on Monday 19 September

“This shutdown is necessary to conduct crucial maintenance work on an important section of our bulk water supply network. While we regret the inconvenience, delaying work is an even greater risk to our supply. It is being done over a weekend to minimise the impact on residents”

“The duration of the water supply disruption is due to the size and scale of the pipe network, as well as the time it takes to clear the pipeline to render it safe for the maintenance team to work on and fill afterwards, to build up sufficient pressure to supply water.” | Zahid Badroodien

FULL LIST: Areas of Cape Town affected by the water shutdown, from Friday 16 September

The following areas are anticipated to experience low water pressure, which may become a ‘trickle flow’ at times:

  1. Browns Farm / Philippi
  2. Eagle Park
  3. Grassy Park
  4. Khayelitsha Site C
  5. Lavender Hill
  6. Lotus River
  7. Manenberg
  8. Mitchells Plain
  9. Muizenberg
  10. Ottery
  11. Parkwood
  12. Peacock Close
  13. Pelican Heights
  14. Retreat
  15. Schaapkraal
  16. Seawinds
  17. Steenberg
  18. Strandfontein
  19. Surrey Estate
  20. Vrygrond
  21. Wetton
  22. Zeekoevlei
Water shutdown Cape Town
Here is a map of every suburb that will be impacted by this weekend’s water shutdown – including three suburbs which will be WATERLESS for more than 72 hours – Photo: City of Cape Town

Warning: These suburbs will have NO WATER for three days straight…

Three areas on that list have been flagged – because they will be expected to go THREE DAYS without water from the early hours of Friday. The City of Cape Town has, at least, positioned a number of water tankers and standpipes in locations across the worst-affected suburbs:

  • Peacock Close: Seventh Avenue (off Old Strandfontein Road), Hanekam (Corner of Old Strandfontein Road), Corner of Lorikeet and Old Strandfontein (behind Shoprite), and Fairy Wren Road (Corner of Old Strandfontein Road).
  • Pelican Heights: Corsair Crescent, Corner of Clipper and Frigate, Corner of Dennegeur and Frigate, and Corner of Spine and Dennegeur.
  • Schaapkraal: George Road, Sameer Barber shop, Old Strandfondtein Road, and 103 Old Strandfontein Road (just off Klip Road).

Cape Town residents told to ‘stock-up on water’ before shutdown

Although these directives are a little reminiscent of the ‘day zero’ panic that gripped Cape Town a few years ago, city officials have been quick to reassure locals that the short-term pain will be worth the long-term gain.

However, thousands of residents must now plan ahead for a waterless weekend…

“Locals are being advised to store water before Friday 16 September 2022, in clean, sealed containers – or even in sinks or baths. Where possible, people are also being encouraged to try to do their laundry before 1:00 on Friday morning.”

“Those affected must use water sparingly during this time. Consider using a bucket or large plastic bowl of water to wipe yourself down. Try to avoid using the shower or bath as the water pressure may not be enough in low pressure areas.”

City of Cape Town