Stadium’s water gets anger flowing

2017-03-14 06:03

A faulty valve is behind a social media outcry over water wastage at the Cape Town Stadium.

Facebook users recently lambasted the City of Cape Town, after water was seen overflowing from lawns around the stadium.

However, the cause of the overflowing water – a faulty valve in the sprinkler system – has been repaired and “remedial action has been extended to testing all valves in the precinct”, says Stuart Diamond, Mayco member for assets and facilities management.

All the landscaping at the stadium is watered with non-potable water.

“Spring water is used for irrigation in the Cape Town Stadium precinct, including the Green Point Urban Park. There is no impact on the dams supplying our residents,” Diamond says.

The stadium has special exemption from Level 3B water restrictions, Diamond adds.

“We also believe that the current use of the spring water is well used in a public space that is frequented by large numbers of residents and visitors.

“In our own operations, the City has implemented drastic water-saving measures. This includes not using potable water for irrigation in our parks. In addition, washing of the exterior of our buses, which was previously undertaken on a daily basis, was limited to once every two weeks. In many of our buildings, we have retrofitted our toilets with dual-flush water-wise toilets,” he says.

A faulty valve is behind a social media outcry over water wastage at the Cape Town Stadium.

Facebook users recently lambasted the City of Cape Town, after water was seen overflowing from lawns around the stadium.

However, the cause of the overflowing water – a faulty valve in the sprinkler system – has been repaired and “remedial action has been extended to testing all valves in the precinct”, says Stuart Diamond, Mayco member for assets and facilities management.

All the landscaping at the stadium is watered with non-potable water.

“Spring water is used for irrigation in the Cape Town Stadium precinct, including the Green Point Urban Park. There is no impact on the dams supplying our residents,” Diamond says.

The stadium has special exemption from Level 3B water restrictions, Diamond adds. “We also believe that the current use of the spring water is well used in a public space that is frequented by large numbers of residents and visitors.

“In our own operations, the City has implemented drastic water-saving measures. This includes not using potable water for irrigation in our parks. In addition, washing of the exterior of our buses, which was previously undertaken on a daily basis, was limited to once every two weeks. In many of our buildings, we have retrofitted our toilets with dual-flush water-wise toilets,” he says.

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