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City working to improve water pressure to areas impacted by the 75-hour shutdown operation <p>​</p><span><p>Work started overnight to drain the affected bulk water pipelines.</p><p>The City is aware that residents in areas outside of the original footprint are experiencing water supply constraints this morning.</p><p>Reticulation operations have swung into action with the rerouting of supply, that will result in improving water pressure in these areas, as well as areas that were listed to experience low water pressure during the shutdown. The situation is being closely monitored.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1007px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>'This is a mammoth undertaking, and the City thanks residents for their patience during this time. I want to reassure them that we have all hands on deck to oversee the successful completion of the project, and to mitigate the impacts on affected residents. The City proactively activated its Disaster Coordinating Team in Goodwood to monitor and respond to all aspects related to this dynamic operation. Key aspects include the management of water tankers in areas with no water supply, and ensuring the safety of teams in the trenches, doing the maintenance work,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p><strong>THE PROCESS AT A GLANCE</strong></p><ul><li>Teams drained the bulk water pipelines overnight.</li><li>Currently, water supply is being rerouted to areas experiencing low water pressure, with the exception of Schaapkraal, Peacock Close and Pelican Heights. These three areas will be without water for the duration of the operation.</li><li>Currently some areas neighbouring those identified on the map are also experiencing low water pressure or no water but pressure is expected to improve over the next few hours as water is rerouted to the areas.</li><li>It is anticipated that the biggest impact will be on Saturday when the actual maintenance happens, and then it will start improving late on Sunday when the water starts filling the distribution pipeline again</li></ul><p>'Our teams are working around the clock to ensure the work on the valve replacements is completed as soon as possible. While this operation has been planned in great detail, in the event of unforeseen circumstances, we will make every effort to address these in the shortest time possible, through the DCT.  All residents currently impacted by low water pressure are encouraged  to store water in clean sealed containers in case of unforeseen circumstances. The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused and reiterates that all consumers ultimately benefit from these improvements to the water supply infrastructure network,' added Councillor Badroodien.</p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>WHAT THE THREE-DAY OPERATION ENTAILS AND WHAT TO PREPARE FOR DURING THIS PERIOD</strong></span></p><p>A copy of the map and leaflets in three languages for the different areas are available here: <a href=""></a></p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>No water areas</strong></span></p><p>There will be zero water pressure, which means no water, in the following three areas for three days:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Pelican Heights</li><li>Peacock Close</li><li>Schaapkraal <br></li></ul><p>There will be standpipes and water tankers in these areas to provide water for essential use.<br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>WATER TANKERS are planned to be at the following locations</strong><strong>.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Tankers may need to be redeployed depending on the needs at the time and will also need to move off-site to be refilled and refuelled</strong><strong>.</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Schaapkraal:</strong></p><ul><li>Ottery Road opposite Spar Warehouse</li><li>George Smit Road</li><li>Weltevreden Road, Philippi (next to fruit stall)</li><li>Corner of Olieboom and Boundary roads</li><li>Corner of Boundary and Kroan roads</li><li>Corner of First Avenue and Schaap Road</li><li>Corner of Fifth Avenue and New Strandfontein Road</li><li>Corner of Ninth Avenue and Schaap Road</li><li>Corner of 14th Avenue and Schaap Road</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:line-through;"> </span></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Peacock</strong> <strong>Close:</strong></p><ul><li>Corner of Emerald and Pearl roads</li></ul><ul><li>Opposite Turquoise Close</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:line-through;"> </span></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Pelican Heights:</strong></p><ul><li>End of Seagull Road</li><li>Shelduck Road<br></li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>STANDPIPES will be at the following locations:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Schaapkraal:</strong></p><ul><li>George Road</li><li>Sameer Barber shop, Old Strandfondtein Road</li><li>103 Old Strandfontein Road, just off Klip Road</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Peacock</strong> <strong>Close:</strong></p><ul><li>Seventh Avenue, off Old Strandfontein Road</li><li>Hanekam, corner of Old Strandfontein Road</li><li>Corner of Lorikeet and Old Strandfontein (behind Shoprite)</li><li>Fairy Wren Road, corner of Old Strandfontein Road</li></ul></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Pelican Heights:</strong></p><ul><li>Corsair Crescent</li><li>Corner of Clipper and Frigate</li><li>Corner of Dennegeur and Frigate</li><li>Corner of Spine and Dennegeur </li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Low water pressure areas</strong></span></p><p>The following areas (listed in alphabetical order) are anticipated to experience low water pressure, which may become a 'trickle flow' at times: Browns Farm/Philippi, Eagle Park, Grassy Park, parts of Khayelitsha Site C, Hanover Park, Heideveld, Lavender Hill, Lotus River, Manenberg, Mitchells Plain, Muizenberg, Mxolisi Phetani, Ottery, Parkwood, Retreat, Seawinds, Steenberg, Strandfontein, Surrey Estate, Vrygrond, Wetton and Zeekoevlei.</p><p>Water supply is being rerouted from elsewhere in the network to these areas. All these areas will have some water, but at lower than usual pressure.</p><p><strong>Residents are reminded the water is safe to drink even though the water is at lower pressure.</strong></p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>What all affected residents should do:</strong></span></p><p><strong>FROM FRIDAY 16 TO SUNDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2022</strong></p><ul><li>Store water in clean, sealed containers, and/or in sinks or baths where possible.</li><li>Use water sparingly in this period, only for essential use</li><li>Consider a 'cowboy splash' or 'top and tail' or 'waskom' wash for body washing. Use a bucket or large plastic bowl of water to wipe yourself down. Try to avoid using the shower or bath as the water pressure may not be enough in low pressure areas.</li><li>Use greywater from washing to flush toilets.</li><li>Use a bucket or bowl in the sink to wash dishes. Do not fill the whole sink with water.</li><li>Spot-clean clothes where necessary.</li><li>No hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipal tap water is allowed.</li><li>Alternative water coming directly from borehole<span style="text-decoration:line-through;">s</span> and well-points should not be used for drinking, cooking (and food preparation) or body washing, as it is not treated municipal tap water and it could be contaminated.</li><li>Do not water gardens or top up swimming pools with tap water, as these are not essential use.</li><li>In areas where there is no water, it is advisable to make sure your geyser is turned off for the duration of the pipeline maintenance period to prevent any damage.</li><li>Ensure that all taps are closed to prevent water loss and/or damage when the supply is restored.</li></ul><p><strong>WHEN NORMAL WATER SUPPLY STARTS AGAIN</strong></p><ul><li>Water will slowly fill the supply pipe network once the work is complete. This is to prevent pipe bursts.</li><li>For a short period 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.  </li></ul><ul><li>You can open an outside tap to expel any trapped air in the plumbing on your property. This water can be stored in a container for later use, so it's not wasted.</li></ul><p><strong>Information</strong></p><ul><li><strong>On how to use water wisely</strong>, and use greywater or other alternative water safely especially during the period of this shutdown visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>For updates on this maintenance operation</strong>, follow the City's Twitter account @CityofCTAlerts, WhatsApp to 060 018 1505, email <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 0860 103 089.</li></ul><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-09-15T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#ad37857b-6e6c-448f-848b-055b416f6172;L0|#0ad37857b-6e6c-448f-848b-055b416f6172|water demand management;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#3e84e2ed-3e2d-44ae-a5b6-af54ef207755;L0|#03e84e2ed-3e2d-44ae-a5b6-af54ef207755|maintenance10

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