Vandals turn off taps

2017-09-05 06:01

Vandalism of a water reservoir in Ocean View resulted in the loss of over 800kF water.

The vandalism, which took place on Tuesday last week, saw areas in Scarborough, Ocean View and Kommetjie left without water for around five hours.

The reservoir supplies the area from Ocean View to Cape Point Nature Reserve with water and was repaired on the same day.

Mayco Member (South) Eddie Andrews says the vandalism saw around 860kF water lost.

“The water meter chambers were accessed and the bolts were removed from the meter casing. The reservoir structure was not damaged; however, the associated infrastructure was (in this instance the bulk water meters),” he says.

The vandalism and loss of water “impacts on [the City of Cape Town’s] ability to conserve our limited water resources,” Andrews says.

Level 5 water restrictions came into effect on Sunday in an attempt to drive down water consumption. This includes a further increase in pressure management. The upper limit of 87F per person and the overall target of 500 million F per day of collective consumption remain in place, but there is a new emphasis on capping excessive water use at households and placing additional restrictions on businesses.

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