Residents in selected parts of Cape Town will experience some significant water shutdowns within the next week or so, as the City embarks on a series of maintenance work and tests.
There are three areas that will be affected by this disruption: Scottsville in Hout Bay will have its water supply shutdown for a total of seven hours, as zero-pressure testing is conducted. This process is used to detect any unmapped inflows within the reticulation system, and determines the quality of water pressure in certain regions.
“Zero-pressure testing is part of the installation process for pressure management technology. Tests are done to see if there are any unmapped inflows that need to be taken into account before smart pressure reducing valves are installed.”City of Cape Town
“Residents are advised to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period and to ensure that their taps are closed to avoid water loss and/or damage when the supply is restored. The City regrets the inconvenience caused by the water shutdowns, and appreciates residents’ cooperation during this time.”
An even bigger operation is planned for next Thursday, however. Hundreds of thousands of residents in Khayelitsha will have to endure a five-hour water shutdown, when a meter insert near Mew Way gets replaced.
“The five-hour shutdown will allow for the replacement of the 800mm meter insert, near Mew Way and Old Faure Road. The insert has been flagged as faulty, and must be replaced.”
“Careful consideration has been given to the planning of this work, to ensure minimal disruption to the water supply in affected areas. Residents are advised to store water in clean, sealed containers for domestic use during this time.”City of Cape Town
As we previously reported, The City of Cape Town said Eerste River residents will be without water for an entire day – because its contractors intend to lay pipes under the water reticulation network on Wednesday.
The Eerste River disruption is the result of the City’s expansion of the water network. A bulk sewer main pipe is being constructed for a new housing development in the area.
The following areas will be affected from 8:00 until 20:00 on Wednesday 9 February: