Testing continues for automated pressure zone roll-outs in CBD, Zonneblom, Gardens and Woodstock areas

The City of Cape Town is rolling out further pressure testing across the metro in an effort to help reduce water usage to 50 litres per person per day and beat the drought. By creating automated pressure zones, we will be able to adjust water pressure remotely and work more efficiently.

The pressure testing that is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, will affect the Cape Town CBD, Foreshore and Zonnebloem areas from20:00 to 04:00. These areas are bounded by the N1 Freeway and Heerengracht Road to the north, Bree Street to the west, Searle Street to the east and Keizersgracht Street to the south

Pressure testing in the Woodstock and Salt River areas is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, from 20:00 to 04:00. These areas are bounded by Strand Road to the north, Nelson Road to the west, Albert Road and Liesbeek Parkway to the east and Alma Road to the south.

Then lastly, work in the Cape Town CBD , Gardens and Zonnebloem areas is scheduled to take place Thursday, 29 March 2018, from 20:00 to 04:00. These areas are bounded by the Strand and Hans Strijdom Roads to the north, Buiten Street to the west, Barron Street to the east and Constitution and Wesley Roads to the south.

Other areas will be informed of supply disruptions in due course.

The City continues to roll out automated pressure zones for the implementation of pressure management. This technology reduces the flow of water and thus helps to reduce water usage. To install an automated zone, the City needs to test the integrity of the local reticulation network.

We have recently successfully tested areas including the Cape Town CBD, Green Point, Paarden Eiland, Woodstock, Salt River, Epping, Delft, Brooklyn and Dunoon. Testing is happening across the metro.

The pressure management programme started in 2004. There are more than 115 automated zones across the city which are being prioritised based on their leak and burst rates. Areas with high water pressure typically experience more leaks and bursts.

Other areas will be informed of supply disruptions in due course. At least 25 other areas across the city have been identified that could benefit from this technology. Affected areas are requested not to stockpile large volumes of municipal water as the service interruptions are not expected to be in effect for long periods.

Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town