Planned Water Supply Maintenance: What You Need to Know

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The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate has scheduled critical maintenance work in selected areas from June 26th to June 29th, 2023. The purpose of this article is to provide information and help residents prepare for the upcoming water supply disruptions.

Scheduled Maintenance Work

The planned maintenance work includes pipe and valve installations, repairs, and replacements in several areas, including Westlake, Khayelitsha, Grassy Park, and Lotus River. Additionally, zero-pressure tests will be conducted in the Suikerbossie area of Hout Bay. The goal is to ensure the efficiency and longevity of the water supply network.

What Residents Need to Know

Residents in the affected areas should be aware of the scheduled work and make necessary adjustments. Specifically, they are asked to reduce their water consumption during the maintenance period. However, it is essential to note that some disruptions are unpredictable, and residents may experience low water pressure or a temporary lack of water.

Water Demand Management Strategy

The maintenance work is part of the City’s Water Demand Management Strategy, which aims to effectively manage water pressure to minimize pipe bursts and water wastage. The strategy includes zero-pressure testing and step testing to identify unmapped inflows and the installation of smart pressure-reducing valves.

Moreover, conditional testing ensures the proper functioning of pressure-reducing valves (PRVs), thereby preserving the pipeline’s lifespan and reducing water wastage caused by pipe bursts.

Minimizing Disruptions

The City has planned the maintenance work carefully to minimize disruptions, prioritizing efficiency and safety. All sites where the work will be conducted are considered construction zones and are off-limits to the public. However, the maintenance work can sometimes be more complex and time-consuming than anticipated.

After the Maintenance Work

Upon completion of the maintenance work, residents might notice discolored or milky-looking water due to trapped air in the pipes. This poses no harm, as the water will clear up when left to stand in a glass.

Preparing for the Disruptions

To prepare for the planned water supply disruptions, residents are advised to store water in clean, sealed containers to ensure an adequate supply during the maintenance period. It is also crucial to keep all taps closed to prevent water loss or damage when the water supply is restored.

The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate is committed to maintaining and improving the water supply infrastructure for the benefit of all residents. By being aware of the planned maintenance work and taking the necessary precautions, residents can help ensure a smooth and efficient process.

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