Historical city spring back to freeflow

2015-06-23 06:00
Stadsfontein Vault water spring in Oranjezicht, one of only two perennial springs in the city, has been renovated to the value of R175?000.

Stadsfontein Vault water spring in Oranjezicht, one of only two perennial springs in the city, has been renovated to the value of R175?000.

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One of Cape Town’s original main water springs, the Stadsfontein Vault situated in the Homestead Park in Oranjezicht, has received a freshening investment of R175 000 for its restoration and conservation.

The original spring, which dates back to 1686 and was covered with a vault in 1813, is still a water source for Capetonians today. It is one of Cape Town’s two perennial springs and is also known as Main Spring.

Following five months of restoration work, the Stadsfontein Vault has been refreshed to ensure that it remains a valued historical site and water source for residents, says Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning.

“To have been able to restore one of Cape Town’s original water springs to full operation is an example of how we are continually looking to conserve and maintain sites of historical importance. The fact that this spring is still a water source for Capetonians today makes this restoration project even more significant,” he says.

The project to restore the vault, which included addressing matters related to flooding and the stabilisation of the wall, was undertaken in terms of a Heritage Western Cape permit.

“Through this restoration project, we found that the blockage of the Stadsfontein Vault was due to a water metering device. This restricted the flow downstream of the Stadsfontein Vault, resulting in the flooding from beneath the vault. The device has now been removed and we can confirm that the flooding has, subsequently, been alleviated,” Van der Merwe says

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