The City’s Water and Sanitation Department will be shutting down production at the Faure Water Treatment Plant temporarily to enable maintenance and repair work on a bulk water pipeline this weekend, from Friday, 5 March at 2 pm until Sunday, 7 March at 2 pm.
Cape Town residents are requested to please minimise non-essential consumption of water this weekend due to work taking place on the 2400mm diameter Faure bulk water pipeline.
The Faure Water Treatment Plant, which is one of the major treatment plants supplying the city, will be offline from Friday 5 March at 14:00 until Sunday 7 March at 14:00.
Arrangements have been made to step up production at the Blackheath Water Treatment Plant to compensate while Faure is offline, and residents should not experience any significant disruption of water supply as a result. However, there may be slight changes to the taste and colour of the water coming out of the taps during the changeover of supply. This is no cause for concern, and water remains safe to drink.
The work involves the replacement of an 1800mm diameter valve in the vicinity of Ithemba Labs, Eerste River, as well as the repair of two, scour/draining valves on this main pipeline that conveys water from the Faure water treatment plant.
The request for residents to reduce consumption while work is under way is a precaution to minimise strain on the system while one of the major treatment plants are offline.
The Stellenbosch municipality has also been informed to prepare for this as a portion of their drinking water is supplied from this bulk water main.
The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused, but it is imperative that it maintains its water supply infrastructure to benefit its consumers.