The City of Cape Town has issued a statement warning residents that water in the system is currently discoloured over a large part of the city. Water is now being sourced from the Blackheath Reservoir and the issue is set to stabilise over the next few days.
“The discolouration is due to a process control fault at the Faure Water Treatment Plant. As a safety precaution, residents are advised to boil the water before drinking especially if it appears discoloured.
We are now feeding the affected areas of the network from Blackheath Reservoir and the situation is anticipated to normalise over the next few days.” – City of Cape Town
Further water disruptions experienced in Cape Town
This comes after a couple of days since the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department conducted an emergency repair on its bulk water pipeline in Hindle Road, Blue Downs.
The water disruptions affected the following areas:
- Blue Downs
- Wembley, Hagley
- Brentwood Park
- Bardale Village
The emergency work done in the water systems was to repair a major leak.
More repair work to be done
There are scheduled repair work to be done at the Voëlvlei Water Treatment Plant. The City will be shutting down the Voëlvlei Water Treatment Plant for emergency repair work on Tuesday 30 July 2019 from 7:00 until 19:00.
Residential areas such as Philadelphia and surrounds may experience low water pressure, water tanker will be available in the area should residents require water for domestic consumption. The city further advised that all taps should be kept closed during this period to avoid any water loss and damage when the water supply is officially up and running.
The city often conducts repair work
The City of Cape Tow regularly conducts repair work and specific areas may experience low water pressure or intermittent disruptions to the water supply during the duration.
“Residents and businesses are kindly advised to minimise their water consumption during this period to lessen the impact of the low water pressure in the distribution system and are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.”- City of Cape Town
The rain has allowed our dam levels to reign
The hectic rainfall that gushed over the Western Cape last week has had a lasting effect on the Cape Town dam levels. As we reported on Thursday a 6% rise in a matter of hours took the facilities past the 70% mark. The Theewaterskloof dam is reigning when it comes to high dam levels. The facility is now at 61.7% and is leading the pack for the Cape Town dam levels and their heavy winter recovery. The dams in the city are now 71.86% full.