Shutdown to enable better supply

2018-03-14 06:01
Personnel busy with the installation of a new pump station at Riverton which promises to have enhanced capability.Photos: Supplied

Personnel busy with the installation of a new pump station at Riverton which promises to have enhanced capability.Photos: Supplied

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Residents in and around the Sol Plaatje Municipal area are reminded of the upcoming three-day water shutdown from Friday morning, 23 March, until midnight on Sunday, 25 March.

According to the municipality, the interruptions to the water supply is due to the objective of improving the quality of water and the certainty of its supply.

The entire city and its surroundings will be affected, excluding Ritchie.

Sello Matsie of the municipality explained that reservoirs, which are currently full to capacity, needs to be emptied in order to do the work on the network and lines.

He promised that water tanks will be provided at accessible key spots for residents during the three days to ensure sufficient reserves for use.

“Persons will be allowed to fill their containers from these tanks, but are limited to ten liters at a time,” Matsie said in a statement.

These tanks will be refilled on an ongoing basis.

According to Matsie, the municipality took a long term view to upgrade essential infrastructure in support of growth and development.

“To date, five new pumps that extract water from the river were installed, the purification works were upgraded, isolation valves were installed at Newton, nine of the 14 zone metres were installed to improve water management, upgrades or replacements to portions of pipe lines are ongoing – to name but a few bigger interventions.

“The installation of a new pump station at Riverton are currently in process. This will enhance the capability with the installation of four new high volume pumps, with an allowance for two more if needed in the future. The project is on track and expected to be complete by September,” Matsie said.

It is projected that this process could result in the saving of water of between 5% to 7%. Matsie said they aim to minimize water losses and repair leaks on the main water pipe line carrying water from Riverton to the city.

According to Matsie, when deciding on the timing of the shutdown, various commercial and social factors were taken into account to minimize the negative impact of a shutdown.

“However, the biggest risks are unforeseen delays during actual operations and post switch-on pipe bursts.”

He promised that measures will be considered and communicated via his office if and when these occur.

Emergency services and security personnel will be on alert, and residents are requested to report any damage to the water tanks to the call centre on 053-830-6111 or send a SMS to 44204.

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