The City of Cape Town says that it has deployed teams to effectively minimise the impact of the water supply disruption following a pipe that burst in the early hours of Saturday morning in Simon’s Town.
According to the City, the pipe repairs will unfortunately only commence when the civil works to fill and support the soil structure below the damaged pipe have been completed.
The City said, the pipe is located on the foot of the mountainside and the soil surrounding it and below towards the road has been washed away, causing the mudslide which has resulted in complexities.
“Swift action was taken to commence with clearing the debris on Main Road in Simon’s Town, caused by the resulting mudslide. Water supply to the Glencairn and Glencairn Heights areas has since been restored,” the City said.
The City further mentioned that the section of the road below the damaged pipeline remains temporarily closed to allow the extensive civil work required to stabilise the sloped embankment before the new pipe sections can be installed.
“The incoming lanes to Simon’s Town have been opened and repurposed for two-way traffic, while the outgoing lanes are being used for the mechanical plant during the repairs,” the City said.
Meanwhile, a water tanker is parked outside the Simon’s Town railway station to provide the affected part of Simon’s Town with water for domestic use where required.