The Water and Sanitation Directorate will be conducting crucial repairs and maintenance to its bulk water supply network on the Cape Flats, resulting in no water and low water pressure in some areas from midnight 15 September to 3am 19 September. A total of about 75 hours.
Residents of Pelican Heights, Peacock Close and Schaapkraal will have zero water pressure (no water) for the duration of the maintenance.
Water tankers will be based at central positions and will be roaming these areas to provide water for domestic consumption where required. The details of these locations will be communicated in the week ahead.
Residents in all these affected areas are kindly requested to store water before Friday, 16 September 2022, in clean, sealed containers. Use water sparingly in this period, only for essential domestic use, and to ensure that all taps are closed to prevent water loss and/or damage when the supply is restored.
Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation said, “This shutdown is necessary to conduct crucial repair and maintenance work on an important section and components of our bulk water supply network. While we regret the inconvenience this will cause too many of our residents, delaying this work has the potential for an even greater risk to our water supply in the near future. 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 across the affected network when the work is completed.
Residents will start to experience the impact on Friday as the water is drained out of the pipeline network. They anticipate that the most impact will be on Saturday when the actual maintenance happens, and then it will start improving again on Sunday when the water starts filling the distribution pipeline again.
Councillor Badroodien added, “Our teams will be working around the clock to ensure the work is completed as soon as possible. We thank residents for the patience they displayed during the recent test shutdowns on this supply line, and ask for the same level of cooperation during this operation.”
The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused and reiterates that all consumers ultimately benefit from these improvements to the water supply infrastructure network.