The City of Cape Town issued a precautionary notice that warned water and sanitation services in the metro could be affected by the Stage 5 load shedding implemented on Saturday, 17 September.
LOW WATER PRESSURE IN PARTS OF THE CITY IS A POSSIBILITY
The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate said water services and sanitation services could be impacted by the “ramped up load shedding” implemented until Monday.
Some of the higher-lying areas may experience low water pressure or supply disruptions if there is a power outage that affects booster water pump stations that are needed in some areas to push water into the reservoirs that supply higher-lying areas in the City.
“Should residents in these areas – particularly in the northern and southern parts of the city – experience low pressure, this could likely be due to the impact of load-shedding,” said the City of Cape Town.
If the problem persists for longer than four hours, residents are asked to contact the City via WhatsApp at 060-018-1505, email [email protected] or call 0860-103-089.
Most water treatment plants in Cape Town are equipped with standby generators to ensure that clean drinking water is available during load shedding.
In August, the City issued a precautionary boil notice because the water in parts of the city was discoloured. At the time, it said the sludge handling process at the Faure Water Treatment Plant was impacted by the effects of load shedding.
PUMP STATIONS COULD OVERFLOW
The City warned that some pump stations could overflow if load shedding is implemented for longer than two hours at a time.
“Permanent generators have been fitted at all wastewater treatment plants, 85 larger priority water and sewer pump stations were fitted with permanent generators as a measure to increase the resilience of water and sanitation supply systems.”
Maintenance staff will be on standby and use mobile generators at smaller pump stations that do not have a permanent backup power source. However, the City has a limited number of these mobile generators.
The City said it was not logistically possible to prevent overflows entirely and operational teams will “do their utmost to contain and clean up such flows.”
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