KIMBERLEY MARCH 2018 WATER SHUTDOWN INFORMATION AND UPDATES
WATER SHUTDOWN UPDATE 15:30 Friday, 23/03/2018
All areas of the scheduled upgrades and repairs commenced as planned. The major upgrade at Riverton and repairs at corner Bultfontein and Lennox are progressing fairly well. The three repairs on the 965mm pipe between Riverton and Kimberley are also progressing well and water has subsided, providing space to work. Weather conditions not withstanding, we on track.There are secondary repairs within the neighbourhoods that are also being done. Hospitals and planned events like funerals and sports are being supplied with water. So far Jojo tanks are being distributed as wide as possible. For arrangements kindly contact 0538306111. Private companies are also assisting the public. Thanks for the cooperation
Sol Plaatje Municipality
WHEN WILL THE WATER BE SWITCHED OFF?
Water will be switched off during the evening of Thursday, 22 March 2018 (tonight). This will allow water to drain from the system so work can commence on Friday Morning.
Currently no exact time of the switch off has been released. After the switch off, low lying areas may still have fair water pressure for some time, while high lying areas will lose pressure very quickly.
Keep in mind that on a previous weekend long shutdown the water was switched off earlier than officially stated.
Thursday 22/03/2018 Schedule:
At 3pm: – Water Purification at Riverton stops.
3pm to 6pm: Water will still be pumped from Riverton Reservoir to Newton Reservoir.
After 7pm: Once the Riverton Reservoir is empty Riverton will stop pumping water to Newton Reservoir. Newton Reservoir will be closed off and no more water will be pumped out to the city.
Friday 23 March 2018 Schedule:
At 7am: It is expected that water would have drained out of the system overnight and work will be started.
WHICH AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED?
The whole of Kimberley including Galeshewe, Roodepan and Platfontein will be affected. Richie is the only area in the Sol Plaatje Municipal District which will not be affected.
SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY 23 MARCH
The Northern Cape Department of Education issued a circular to all schools in Kimberley to be closed on Friday as the shutdown will impact hygiene and sanitation.
WHERE CAN YOU SOURCE WATER DURING THE WEEKEND?
Residents and organizations are urged to store as much water as possible beforehand.
During the shutdown approximately 80 water tanks will be deployed at keys points. The public can fill containers at these points but will be limited to 10 litres at a time.
Mobile water tanks will also be deployed in certain areas.
WHEN WILL WATER BE RESTORED?
Work is expected to continue into Sunday evening. The restoration is “expected” to start at 12am Monday morning which should result in water in most taps early Monday.
Lower lying areas will have water in their taps much earlier than high lying areas.
NOTE: As seen in the past with similar previous work, various unforeseen problems may push water restoration to late Monday or even Tuesday or later.
WHY IS A TOTAL SHUTDOWN NECESSARY?
Work at the new Riverton Pumping Station necessitates that pumping from the Vaal River be halted.
The shutdown will also be used to work on water connection infrastructure at the new psychiatric hospital, to do upgrades at the new Lerato Park extension, to fix the problem on the c/o Bultfontein and Lennox street, and to repair major leaks on the main pipeline line from Riverton close to 3 SAI army base and in the veld near Homelite. Furthermore the old pipeline from Newton Reservoir to Bishops Avenue will be decommissioned and the new supply line via Birbeck Avenue (the university line) will be connected. Various smaller issues will also be attended to.
Apart from the Sol Plaatje Municipality Waterworks team, six private contractors are also involved with the installation, maintenance and repair projects.
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HOW TO PREPARE FOR WATER RESTORATION
WATER TANK LOCATIONS
ORIGINAL NOTICES BELOW
Please note there will be a water supply shutdown from 23 March 2018 to 25 March 2018 affecting all areas in Kimberley.
This is due to the new Riverton Plant Station and the water will be totally shutdown in Kimberley between the 23rd & 25th of March 2018. Please make provision early so as to have enough water on that weekend. Arrangements are being made for water points and will be updated when info becomes available.
-Via Sharon Steyn, NOCCI.
Good Morning all I have just been at a meeting regarding the shutdown of water in Kimberley. The date has been moved due to all activities next weekend.
The shutdown will be from the 23rd March to the 25th of March. This is due to the new Riverton Plant Station and the water will be totally shutdown in Kimberley. Arrangements are being made for water points.
Once I have all the details I will keep you all updated regularly. PLEASE can all start now already to prepare for that weekend.
This is the CORRECT info any other messages going around are NOT true
-Via Sello Matsie, Sol Plaatje Communications Manager
MAJOR WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION FOR THE CITY FRIDAY 23rd TILL 25th MARCH 2018
As part of our overall objective of improving the quality of water and the certainty of supply thereof to residents, certain further work has become necessary. Accordingly it is intended to interrupt water supply to residents from Friday morning 23 March 2018 until midnight Sunday 25 March 2018. The entire city and its surroundings will be affected by this, but excluding Ritchie. The Reservoirs are full to capacity but in order to do the work the network and lines need to be empty.
The municipality took a long term view to upgrade essential infrastructure in support of growth and development. In the water sector, to date, 5 new pumps that extract water from the river were installed, the purification works were upgraded, isolation valves were installed at Newton, 9 of the 14 zone meters were installed to improve water management, upgrades or replacements to portions of pipe lines are ongoing, to name but a few bigger interventions. Currently we are busy with the installation of a new pump station at Riverton which will have enhanced capability and see the immediate installation of 4 new high volume pumps with an allowance for 2 more if needed in future. The project is on track and expected to come to fruition by September 2018.
In addition we aim to minimize water losses and repair leaks on the main water pipe line carrying water from Riverton to the city. It is projected that this could result in a saving of water of between 5 to 7%. In due course we will also commence planning for additional storage capacity at Riverton to recapture backwashed water that is returned to the river leading to further savings of about 5%.
The pump station at Riverton is at an advanced construction stage and requires certain preparatory work to the connection of the “in-let manifold” to the existing water reservoir before any concrete casting can take place. For that water extraction and purification will have to be halted. In addition three major leaks on the 965 line need to be repaired. These are at or near 3 SA1 Army base, the new mental health facility, and in the veld near Homelite. All the requisite equipment had been procured or specially manufactured and have been in our possession for a while awaiting an ideal opportunity for installation.
Certain additional work to be undertaken is the replacement of valves, fixing the problem at the corner of Bultfontein and Lennox Roads, the decommissioning of the old pipeline from Newton to Bishops and the commissioning of the new supply line via Burbeck (referred to as the new university line) and several other repairs within the reticulation system.
The works on the bulk lines and at Riverton are to be undertaken by various outside contractors whilst the works in the reticulation network by our own internal teams. The overall management and control of the project falls under Mr B Dhluwayo, who will be supported by Mr Hennie Harding (to oversee the contractors) and Mr David Leeuw (to oversee internal teams). Several other managers will be part of the overall oversight teams.
CONTINGENCY PLANS & RISK MITIGATION
Whilst residents are urged to ensure sufficient reserves for their domestic and other purposes during the 3 days, a network of water tanks will be provided at key spots accessible to residents. Persons will be allowed to fill their containers from these tanks but limited to 10 liters at a time. These tanks will be refilled on an ongoing basis. A location map of these tanks will be availed in due course. In deciding on the timing of the shutdown various commercial and social factors were taken into account to minimize the negative impact of a shutdown. However, the biggest risks are unforeseen delays during actual operations and post switch-on pipe bursts.
If and when these occur appropriate measures will be considered and communicated via the office of Mr Sello Matsie the SPM Communications Manager.
No other communications must be considered “official” no matter how well intentioned.
All emergency services and security will be on alert and residents are requested to report any damage to the water tanks to the call centre at tel: 053-830 6111 or sms to 44204. Any person damaging these tanks will be prosecuted. Thanks.
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