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Planned water supply maintenance from 6 to 8 February<p>​<strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Zero-pressure tests (ZPT) and conditional assessments</strong> will be done on the water supply network in the following areas:<br></p><div><strong>Tuesday, 6 February 2024 from 10:00 until 16:00:</strong> Oakdale, Blommendal, Blomtuin, Eikenbosch and Chrismar<br></div><div><strong>Wednesday, 7 February 2024 from 10:00 until 14:00:</strong> Capri</div><div><strong>Thursday, 8 February 2024 from 10:00 until 16:00:</strong> Blommendal and Blomtuin</div><div><br></div><div style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Pressure management installations and operations</strong></div><div>Zero-pressure testing and step-testing are part of the installation process for pressure management technology. Tests are done in advance to see if any unmapped inflows need to be considered before installing smart pressure-reducing valves. </div><div> </div><div>In these affected areas, some residents may experience low water pressure, and some may have no water coming out of their taps for some time during this overnight testing period. It is not possible to predict which areas or streets will experience disruptions. </div><div> </div><div>Conditional testing on the other hand ensures that the pressure-reducing valves (PRVs) in the water supply network are operating effectively and managing the pressures at the determined settings to preserve the lifespan of the pipeline and reduce the occurrence of water wastage resulting from pipe bursts. Pressure fluctuations may be experienced, but will be minimised as far as possible.</div><div> </div><div>This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Strategy. Managing water pressure more effectively reduces the possibility of pipe bursts and water wastage.</div><div> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Maintenance work, including pipe and valve installations, repairs and replacements</strong> will result in water supply disruption to these areas: </div><div> </div><div><strong>Strand</strong></div><div>The main water supply to this area bounded by Main Road, Beach Road, De Ruyter Street and Algoa Street will be <strong>shut off from 10:00 until 17:00 on Tuesday, 6 February 2024,</strong> to enable the maintenance team to safely do a water meter installation. This will result in the disruption of the water supply. This work was previously scheduled for Tuesday, 30 January 2024, but due to unforeseen circumstances had to be postponed.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Upper Newlands  </strong> </div><div>The water supply to the area along Rhodes Drive, between Paradise Road and Conifer Street, will be <strong>shut off from 09:00 until 18:00 on Wednesday, 7 February 2024</strong>. This will enable the maintenance team to replace a control valve on the water supply network in the area. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>Rondebosch </strong></div><div>A pressure reducing valve (PRV) will be  reinstated on the water supply main to the area and requires to be reset. This will result in the fluctuation of the water pressure in the area <strong>from 09:00 on Wednesday, 7 February 2024 until 16:00 on Thursday, 8 February 2024,</strong> while the team is making the necessary adjustments. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>Ring Road and Stroebel Street in Ravensmead   </strong></div><div>Tests will be conducted on the valves of the water supply pipeline along Industria Ring Road and Stroebel Street in Ravensmead <strong>from 10:00 until 16:00 on Wednesday, 7 February 2024</strong>. This will involve opening and closing valves to  enable the maintenance team to assess the pressure in water supply network in the area and will result in intermittent water supply disruptions. </div><div><br></div><div>This work forms part of the Water and Sanitation Directorate’s proactive infrastructure maintenance and upgrade programme which ensures the future continuity of water supply by addressing the issue of unaccounted for water. </div><div> </div><div>The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused.</div><div> </div><div style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>What residents need to know about larger-scale planned water supply disruptions:</strong></div><div>1.<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Careful consideration has been given to the planning of this <strong>work to ensure it is being done at a time that is least disruptive</strong> to the water supply.</div><div>2.<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>All <strong>sites where water and sanitation repairs and upgrades</strong> are conducted are deemed to be construction sites and, as such, <strong>are off-limits to the public</strong>.</div><div>3.<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Sometimes the <strong>maintenance work can be more complex than anticipated, which means the work could take longer</strong>.</div><div>4.<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>For a short period <strong>after the supply has been restored, the water may be discoloured or look milky</strong>. This is because of trapped air in the pipes. If <strong>left to stand in a glass, the appearance will become clear, like normal</strong>.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>For updates</strong> on the maintenance work (<strong>and location of tankers, where applicable</strong>), follow <strong>@CityofCTAlerts</strong> which is a City of Cape Town X account (formerly Twitter).</div><div> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">How residents are advised to prepare for planned water supply disruptions:</strong><br></div><div>1.<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Store enough water in clean, sealed containers in advance for use during this period.</div><div>2.<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Keep your taps closed to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored. </div><div>  </div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br><br></div>2024-02-01T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#42305b06-67ec-4657-9272-641a0ea14201;L0|#042305b06-67ec-4657-9272-641a0ea14201|water supply;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb1City of Cape Town, Media Office0

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