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City continues to ramp up pressure management for drought relief

Pressure management initiatives are being intensified across the city. This is in response to the worst drought in the City of Cape Town’s history and in an effort to avoid Day Zero on 16 April 2018 when the taps are due to be turned off. Read more below:

On Thursday 1 February 2018, planned pressure management works is scheduled to take place from 20:00 to 04:00 in Green Point, Sea Point, the Waterfront and the areas bounded by Beach Road to the north, Seacliff Road to the west, Coen Settler Road (Dock Road) to the east and High Level and Buitengracht Roads to the south.

‘The City thanks its residents for their cooperation in reducing water consumption thus far, and regret any inconvenience this will cause but it is absolutely vital that we do try everything in our power to avoid Day Zero.

‘Not only does pressure management generally lower consumption by reducing the rate at which water flows to properties, it also reduces leaks and pipe bursts by better ensuring that pressure remains within levels that the pipework can tolerate, and reduces the rate of loss from leaks and bursts. We are doing absolutely everything in our power to help Team Cape Town to avoid Day Zero. We must lower consumption otherwise we will reach Day Zero.

‘We have identified 25 areas across the city that could benefit from this technology over the next three months, and contractors have been brought in to speed up the programme,’ said Councillor Xanthea Limberg, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy.

At all times careful consideration is being given to ensure minimal disruption to the water supply in the affected areas. Roll-outs to other parts of the metro will be communicated in due course.

Please keep all taps closed and store 5 to 10 litres of water for essential purposes during this time. Do not store excessive municipal water.

Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town


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