The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate has announced maintenance work to address the issue of unaccounted-for water and ensure the future continuity of water supply. The work will result in intermittent water supply disruptions and low water pressure in some areas.
Vredenberg, Bellair, Belair, Oakglen, La Rochelle, Blomtuin, and Blommendal Areas
As part of the pressure management technology installation process, the City will conduct zero-pressure tests, step tests, and conditional assessments that will result in intermittent water supply disruptions and low water pressure from May 3, 2023, at 21:00 until May 5, 2023, at 11:00.
Bakkerskloof Area in Lynn’s View
Urgent installation of a water meter on the main water supply pipeline will take place on May 3, 2023, from 10:00 until 15:00. This will result in the disruption of the water supply to the area, and alternate water supply will be rerouted, resulting in lower water pressure.
Bellville CBD, Triangle Farm, Bellville South, Labiance, Greenlands, Glenhaven, and Stikland Areas
Faulty control valves on the main water supply in these areas will be replaced urgently. The water supply in these areas will be shut off from May 9, 2023, at 19:00 until May 10, 2023, at 04:30.
Precautionary Measures and Information
Residents in the affected areas are advised to store enough water in clean sealed containers that will last for the period of water supply disruptions. They should also keep their taps closed to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored. For updates on the maintenance work and the location of tankers, residents can follow @CityofCTAlerts, a City of Cape Town Twitter account.
It’s important to note that 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. Maintenance work can be more complex than anticipated, resulting in it taking longer, and for a short period after the supply has been restored, the water may be discoloured or look milky due to trapped air in the pipes. If left to stand in a glass, the appearance will become clear, like normal.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience caused and requests residents in the affected areas to take note of the work scheduled for their areas. The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate has carefully planned this maintenance work to ensure it is done at the least disruptive time.