Residents in the south advised to store enough water ahead of leak repair this weekend

The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate will be doing urgent repairs on its 915mm diameter bulk reticulation water main in the Southern area of Cape Town on Saturday, 5 November 2022 from 12:00 until Sunday 6 November 2022 at 16:00. During this period, the affected areas will likely experience no water. Read more below:

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The urgent repairs work will result in a water supply disruption to these areas below, and they will likely experience no water during this period.

Areas to be affected include:
Pelican Park, Eagle Park, New Horizon, Peacock Close, Pelican Heights, Strandfontein, San Remo, Bay View, Phumlani, Zeekoevlei, Grassy Park, Lotus River, Schaapkraal, Ottery, Wetton, Knole Park, Retreat, Heathfield, Steenberg, Elfindale, Marina Da Gama, Lavender Hill, Seawinds, Vrygrond, Parkwood Estate, Fairways, Southfield, Plumstead, Wynberg, Muizenberg, Lakeside and Diep River.

The locations of tankers and standpipes will be communicated on Friday 4 November via the City Alerts Twitter Page:

What residents need to know about larger-scale planned water supply disruptions:
• Careful consideration has been given to the planning of this work to ensure it is being done at a time that is least disruptive to the water supply.
• All sites where water and sanitation repairs and upgrades are conducted are deemed to be construction sites and are off-limits to members of the public.
• Sometimes the maintenance work can be more complex than anticipated, resulting in it taking longer.
• For a short period, after the supply has been restored, the water may be discoloured or look milky. This is because of trapped air in the pipes. If left to stand in a glass, the appearance will become clear, like normal.
• For updates on the maintenance work and location of tankers, follow @CityofCTAlerts on Twitter

How residents are advised to prepare for planned water supply disruptions:
• Store enough water in clean sealed containers that will last for your use during this period.
• Keep your taps closed to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.

This work follows the two test-run (‘dummy’) shut-offs on Wednesday 26 October and Tuesday, 1 November 2022 to determine the extent of the shut-off’s impact, options for re-routing water supply, and locations for standpipes and tankers, to prepare for the repairs happening this weekend.

‘The Water and Sanitation maintenance team knows what must be done to address the current serious leak on the 915mm diameter water main. Our maintenance teams are doing their utmost to minimise the impacted areas, but the location of the leak and network operational needs means they have to shut off the newly installed 1200mm diameter bulk water valve to stop the flow of water temporarily for this essential work. This unfortunately, will result in a large area having its water supply disrupted. This is the only way the repairs can be conducted under safe working conditions,’ said Councillor Siseko Mbandezi, Acting Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation.

The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused, but it must undertake the necessary repairs and maintenance of its water supply infrastructure network to benefit its consumers.