If you live in Cape Town’s northern suburbs in and around Bellville, you’re in for a tough year ahead in terms of water supply
As part of the City of Cape Town’s proactive water-savings interventions, a major upgrade of the Bellville area water pipework network is set to commence on Monday, July 10, at 8pm.
The upgrade is expected to be completed by June 30, 2018. “The main aim of this exercise is to identify and locate zone valves which control the feeds to the areas from our reservoirs. Depending on the pressure, the City may install pressure-reducing valves in certain areas to reduce pressure.”
Following Areas / Residents:
- Van Riebeeckshof
- Oude Westhof
- Protea Valley
- Door de Kraal
- Vredekloof and
can expect slight supply disruptions while work is carried out at night on the reticulation network, said city spokesperson Farouk Robertson.
“Water pressure has been the main cause of pipe bursts in these areas. In addition, the reticulation system is being upgraded and maintained to reduce pipe bursts in general,” said Robertson.
Residents are advised to keep their taps closed to avoid water losses when supply is restored. Water should also be stored in sealed containers for domestic use while work is under way.
The notice comes as some city councillors and staff took to the streets to educate residents about water saving and the implications of Level 4b restrictions.
Mayoral committee member for Area South Eddie Andrews told residents and commuters in Mitchell’s Plain that water reserves had to be built up during the winter months when the weather was cooler and wetter, and that despite the recent rains, dam levels remained critically low.
“Although our water-saving awareness drive was well received by residents, we are alarmed at the number of people who are still not completely familiar with the water restriction requirements or ways in which they could save water,” Andrews said.
“We need residents to take responsibility now and not to ease up during these winter months. Saving water needs to become our new normal and it is important that we hold each other accountable during this critical time.
“We will all be affected equally if we do not build up the necessary reserves, so I urge all residents across the metro to become water ambassadors for Cape Town and to report anyone who is still not abiding by the Level 4b water restrictions,” Andrews said.