Waterworks in Worcester Road

2016-03-29 06:00

A project to upgrade water pipes in Worcester Road has been approved.

A contractor has not yet been appointed, but the advertisement for one is going out, says Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayco member for utility services.

The cost of the project is still to be determined.

The work on Worcester Road is expected to take 12 working days and should start in May.

It is one of three water rehabilitation projects scheduled in the area for the current financial year. The other two projects are Geneva Drive in Camps Bay and Rhine Road in Sea Point.

“All three pipelines are cast-iron and have deteriorated due to previous bursts, calcification and age, Sonnenberg says.

The upgrades will be done to prolong the lifespan of the pipeline, prevent continual disruptions due to repairs of bursts and to ensure the quality of drinking water, he explains.

Instead of digging trenches to replace the pipe, the City of Cape Town will use a “pipe-bursting technique”.

“This entails winching a bursting head through the existing pipe. The head bursts, fractures or cuts the existing pipe and pushes the broken or cut pipe into the surrounding soil. The bursting head pulls the new pipeline in behind it,” he says.

This method minimises traffic disruptions and excavation work and will pose less risk to road users compared to open trenches, Sonnenberg says. However, disruptions are still to be expected, he cautions.

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