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City invests in load-shedding resilient water and sanitation operations<p>​</p><span><p>​​​​​​<br></p></span><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p><strong>Getting to know your water and sanitation infrastructure:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Bulk water treatment plants</strong> treat water from dams and reservoirs to compliant national standards so that our tap water is safe to drink and use. </li><li><strong>Water pump stations </strong>help pump water from bulk water treatment plants to high-lying properties. </li><li><strong>Sewer pump stations </strong>help maintain the flow of sewage uphill from properties to wastewater treatment works.</li><li><strong>Wastewater treatment works (WWTWs)</strong> ensure that sewage/wastewater coming from homes, businesses and industries entering the works (also referred to as influent) is treated optimally to the required standard for reuse purposes and for release (also referred to as effluent) into the environment via our waterways.</li></ul><p><strong><em> </em></strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>Over this current 2023/2024 financial year (FY), the City's Water and Sanitation Directorate plans to spend R87 million on generators and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) installations for sewer and water pump stations, as well as bulk water and wastewater treatment plants.</p><p> <br></p><p>This investment will increase to a total of R216 million over the next three FYs.</p><p> <br></p><p>Facilities servicing residents in Cape Town that will benefit this FY include:</p><p> <br></p><ul><li><strong>Eight sewer pump stations</strong> at Dalebrook, Racecourse, Century City Main, Narcissus, Lagoon 1, Sanddrift East, 11th Avenue in Melkbostrand and Bloemkombos.</li><li><strong>16 Water pump stations </strong>in Helderberg College, Smuts, Louis Botha, Bakkerskloof, Everite, Burgundy, Strand Reservoir, Eksteen, De Novo, Nassau, Wingerd, Welgedacht, Dido lower, Clovelly, Silwer Boom and Mountainside Reservoir (lower).</li></ul><p> <br></p><ul><li><strong>11 Bulk water treatment plants</strong> in Faure, Steenbras, Helderberg, Monterey, Plattekloof, Glen Garry, Tygerberg, Newlands(x2), Paarden Island and Molteno. These areas supply a large part of Cape Town with safe<span style="text-decoration:line-through;">,</span> drinking water. </li><li><strong>Six WWTWs</strong> including Borcherds Quarry (5) and Klipheuwel.<br> <br></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1039px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p><strong>Collective efforts help build resilience over time</strong></p><p> <br></p><p>'The City's Water and Sanitation Directorate has been implementing a multi-pronged approach of ongoing measures to help reduce the impact of load-shedding on its infrastructure so that water and sanitation services continue as optimally as possible when the lights go off during high, prolonged stages of load-shedding.</p><p> </p><p>'These efforts include the roll-out of generators and UPS installations based on priority, maintenance staff being on standby and using contingency measures such as mobile pumps and sewer suction tankers to help reduce overflows where possible. The City has also invested R16 million to upgrade all sewer pump stations with telemetry to help monitor the sump levels at the facilities.</p><p> </p><p>'The City also continues to monitor operations at all our sewer pump stations, and particularly according to the load-shedding schedule.</p><p> </p><p>'Collectively these measures help us navigate the impact of load-shedding, but it is still not a silver bullet as sewer overflows and water supply disruptions may still occur. Regardless, residents are assured our teams continue to do the best they can, using the resources they have, while the City continues to invest so our water and sanitation operations can become more resilient to load-shedding over time. </p><p> <br></p><p>'Residents are also reminded that our tap water remains safe to drink and use even during load-shedding,' said Mayoral Committee member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p><strong>What residents can do to help water and sanitation services during prolonged, high stages of load-shedding:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Use water wisely and use less water</strong> so that we can conserve storage in our reservoirs.  See <a href=""></a> . </li><li><strong>Only flush toilets and do washing when really necessary.</strong> This will help reduce strain on the sewer network, pump stations and WWTWs.</li><li><strong>Don't flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper.</strong> See <a href=""></a>.</li><li><strong>Use the City's solid waste services and facilities (drop-off sites) to get rid of your waste and recyclables, not drains.</strong> Waste that gets into sewer pipes will block it and put pressure on the system. It damages sewer pump stations and negatively impacts WWTWs. </li><li><strong>Report sewer blockages and overflows</strong> so they can be cleared in a reasonable timeframe, given the current power situation. It will reduce the occurrence of environmental and human health impacts. </li><li><strong>Report vandalism</strong> to the sewage reticulation system immediately to prevent environmental and human health impacts.<br><br><strong>Where to log service requests about water and sanitation issues such as sewer overflows, pipe bursts and water quality:</strong><br><br>Report to one of these channels (please provide the street address, and get a reference number):</li></ul><ul><li><strong>WhatsApp</strong> 060 018 1505</li><li><strong>Online:</strong><strong> </strong><a href=""></a></li><li><strong>Email</strong><strong> </strong><a href=""></a></li><li><strong>SMS </strong>31373 (maximum 160 characters. Standard rates apply)</li><li><strong>Call </strong>0860 103 089</li><li><strong>Visit a City walk-in centre</strong> (see <a href=""></a> to find the one closest to you)<br> <br><br><strong>Caption 1:</strong> The generator that was installed at the Helderberg College Water Pump Station in Somerset West. <br> <br><strong>Caption 2: </strong>Babalwa Ndlovu and Shamiel Arnold from the Water and Sanitation Directorate inspecting the generator and its functionality.<br><br><strong>Caption 3: </strong>The team from the Water and Sanitation Directorate alongside contractor Matase Industrial Solutions after the successful commissioning of the generators at the Helderberg College, Smuts, Louis Botha and Bakkerskloof Water Pump Stations in Somerset West.<strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"century gothic", sans-serif;"><br></span></strong></p><p><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"century gothic", sans-serif;">End</span></strong><br></p>2023-11-16T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#36a1168d-a508-46b6-bc80-b2e9f2f35a0b;L0|#036a1168d-a508-46b6-bc80-b2e9f2f35a0b|Community and Society;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#a3ac5825-3464-4e1b-a58b-75c8b257d806;L0|#0a3ac5825-3464-4e1b-a58b-75c8b257d806|water & sanitation10

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