Water pipes in Kommetjie Rd to be replaced

2017-03-14 06:03

An R8m upgrade to water mains along Kommetjie Road in Sun Valley will take place as part of road upgrades.

The upgrade of the pipes is part of the City of Cape Town’s long-term plan for the area and is aimed to separate the high from the low pressure supply, says Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South).

The upgrade follows a major pipe burst in November last year.

The cause of the burst is “difficult to pinpoint”, says Andrews, and could be any combination of ageing and deteriorating infrastructure, pressure fluctuation and ground movement.

“The brief is to design a replacement for the existing 400mm fibre cement water supply pipeline which runs along the northern side of Kommetjie Road from the Kommetjie and Ou Kaapse Weg intersection to a chamber in Nelson Road near Corsair Road,” he explains. “The estimated cost at this early stage is R8.1m.”

As the design has only recently started, construction dates are still to be confirmed.

“The work relating to the water main is likely to last about three months – the work will commence in the latter part of this year and is to be completed by next year, if all goes as planned,” Andrews says.

The upgrade of Kommetjie Road will see an investment of R170m to relieve congestion on the main traffic routes and at key intersections in the Kommetjie area, and has already started with work on the Ou Kaapse Weg and Silvermine Road intersection (“Drivers keep sight of koppie”, People’s Post, 24 January).

The preparatory works for the project started in October last year. The project will take place over 30 months.

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