Citadel water

2018-09-25 06:00

Pressure management and transgression of building regulations lie behind ongoing water issues at a Plumstead building.

City of Cape Town media manager, Luthando Tyhalibongo, says: “The City has investigated and found that lack of water pressure is due to a combination of City-wide pressure management and transgression of building regulations on the property­.”

According to reports, occupants of the Citadel building have been experiencing a lack of water for some time now. It has been reported that the matter is being handled by the building’s Trust. According to a letter sent to residents, the Trust is “in contact with the relevant City officials” regarding the issue.

Tyhalibongo confirms this, stating there is no boosting system installed in the building. “City regulations state that multi-storey buildings are required to install pumps and storage tanks to ensure sufficient water to all units, especially on the upper floors. Furthermore the water bylaw does not guarantee that water will be supplied at a particular pressure. Investigations show that this, combined with reduced pressure [and] water rationing across the City due to the drought, is resulting in floors four, five, six and seven being left with no water.”

Tyhalibongo says the problem occurs from 06:00 to 12:00 each day.

“From 12:00 all floors have sufficient water­.”

He says the City advises the building’s management or body corporate to ensure their internal plumbing is up to code to ensure residents on the upper floors have sufficient water.

The Trust had not responded to emails sent to them by the time of going to print.

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