On Tuesday, the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate issued an urgent water usage advisory for residents and workers in Camps Bay, Sea Point, the upper parts of Cape Town and Woodstock while the department repairs damaged pumps from the Molteno Reservoir to the Oranjezicht Reservoir.
Last night, the pumps developed technical issues and had to be shut down for repairs, which are still ongoing.
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This resulted in the storage levels in the Oranjezicht Reservoir being lost and the water supply to Camps Bay, Sea Point, and the upper parts of Cape Town to Woodstock being impacted.
This work is currently affecting these areas because the water supply has been switched to the Eastern High-Level Reservoir, a much smaller reservoir.
The City said that the technical maintenance team worked all night on the pumps that supply water from the Molteno Reservoir to the Oranjezicht Reservoir after the pumps developed problems and had to be turned off to allow for safe repairs.
Residents in Camps Bay, Sea Point, and parts of Cape Town up to Woodstock have been asked to reduce their water consumption until the repairs are completed.
The statement claimed that the reduction in water consumption would help maintain the water supply from the Eastern High-Level Reservoir to these areas. The operations and maintenance teams are exploring the options of rerouting additional water supplies to reduce the impact as much as possible.
The City said that it is monitoring the water supply to these areas and the reservoir’s levels closely, expressed regret about any inconvenience caused and thanked residents for their patience.