The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting zero pressure tests on the main water supply to the Zwaanswyk area in Tokai.
What is the duration of the water supply interruption?
Residents are being advised to store water in clean, sealed containers during this time. This is to ensure that their taps are closed and to avoid any loss or damage when the supply is restored on 22 September.
What are zero pressure tests?
The City says the work forms part of its Water Demand Management Strategy.
“Managing water pressure more effectively reduces the possibility of pipe bursts and water wastage,” said CoCT in a statement.
Zero-pressure testing is part of the installation process for pressure management technology, it said. The tests are conducted to find any unmapped inflows. These unmapped inflows need to be taken into account before smart pressure-reducing valves can be installed.
“The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused,” it concluded.
Joburg water supply ‘under threat’ – due to Stage 6 load shedding
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that stage 6 blackouts, sadly, create collateral damage further down the line. The latest victim appears to be Joburg and its water supply, which is now feeling the strain.
The pump stations in Joburg, which run on electricity, supply water in specially-built infrastructure towers. These are ‘isolated’ during times of load shedding, however – and the longer the lights stay off, the worse the situation gets.
With the pump stations limited in their supply, it leads to a chronic shortage. For some, taps will run completely dry. Others will be affected by low pressure. Make no mistake, suffering at the hands of Stage 6 outages goes way beyond an issue of electricity. Read the full story here.