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City works around the clock to restore Hout Bay's water supply<p>​Just after 03:00 on Saturday, 13 January 2024, a burst occurred on the 300mm Harbour Road water main, which feeds water to Northshore, Kronezicht, Hangberg and Hout Bay Heights. The pipeline had to be shut off to enable repairs.<br></p><div>Because of the intricate high-voltage cabling in the immediate region of the repairs, it was determined that manual excavation of the pipe was required. Unfortunately, this process was time consuming and labour intensive.<br></div><p><br></p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1894px;" /></figure>​​</span><div>Further assessment found a tree’s roots wrapped around the pipe, which added an additional layer of complexity. Arrangements had to be made to uproot the tree in order to access the pipe, which caused further delays. </div><div><br></div><div>In spite of these unforeseen challenges, City staff worked non-stop, successfully removing the tree and clearing the way for pipe repairs to be conducted at 22:00 on Saturday evening. <br></div><p><span></span><br></p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:976px;" /></figure>​​</span>Unfortunately, under the advisement of the City’s Law Enforcement, work was abruptly suspended due to safety risks, when the team on site was pelted with stones. <div><br></div><div>‘There were multiple contributing factors which delayed the completion of repairs to the pipe bursts in Hout Bay. While teams worked around the clock to resolve the technical challenges, the extended delays caused by safety risks could have been avoided. Due to not being able to conduct repairs overnight, residents relying on water supply to be restored were negatively affected,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien </div><div><br></div><div>Work resumed on Sunday morning, when the team returned to install a new section of pipe. By 19:30 all repairs were completed, however, an unexpected second burst occurred on the Valley Road 300mm diameter water main, while the team was reinstating and filling the pipes. </div><div><br></div><div>This second burst required the supply from the Hout Bay Reservoir to be turned off in order for the pipe to be excavated. This disruption affected the entire Hout Bay area, including the areas previously affected on Saturday. It also affected Mount Rhodes, Suikerbossie, Ruyterplaats and Llandudno.  <br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:2532px;" /></figure>​​</span>When water flow subsided late into Sunday night, it allowed for excavation to begin. The team worked diligently to expose the pipe for repairs, and a new pipe section was successfully laid. The work done is currently being monitored while the pipeline is being reinstated. At present, recurring bursts or leaks on the repaired pipeline are being resolved.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The City acknowledges the frustration experienced by residents and wants to reassure the community that water supply disruptions are attended to as a matter of top priority. Every unexpected complexity is handled carefully, with a primary objective to restore water supply in the community with urgency. Water tankers have also been made available to residents throughout the duration of all repairs.</div><div><br></div><div>‘We want to thank residents for their understanding during what was an extremely trying time,’ said Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</div><div><br><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End </strong><br></div>2024-01-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#352cb5da-6a34-4bf4-959d-14dc8987a2b4;L0|#0352cb5da-6a34-4bf4-959d-14dc8987a2b4|water and sanitation;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10

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