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Kimberley Nightly Water Shutdown Status

UPDATE: 16/10/2019 – 17:00

Newton Reservoir: Earlier Shutdown tonight; Wednesday 16 October 2019

Due to a 150mm pipe burst connected to a 450 mm main pipeline from Newton in Conrad Street, we will switch off water supply from Newton Reservoir at 6pm tonight to allow Waterworks Department to complete the repairs. The water will only resume tomorrow morning. The reservoir levels at Newton are steadily increasing. We continue to request that residents conserve water usage.

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Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: 13/10/2019 – 06:00

The official schedule for the nighly water shutdown is from 19:00 (7pm) to 06:00 (6am).  However, the levels at Newton Reservoir are still critically low leading to water frequently being shut down earlier or restored later.

UPDATE: 12/10/2019 – 21:20

Due to low water levels at Newton Reservoir, the reservoir was switched off earlier at about 16:00 this afternoon (12 Oct 2019) to build up the water level. According to SP the water will be switched back on on Sunday morning 13 Oct 2019 at about 05:00.

UPDATE: 10/10/2019 – 18:15

Nightly water shutdowns are in affect in Kimberley between 19:00 (7pm) and 06:00 (6am) the following morning.

UPDATE: 10/10/2019 – 08:52

Nightly water shutdowns are in affect in Kimberley between 19:00 (7pm) and 04:00 (4am) the following morning.

Nightly water shutdowns are still in affect in Kimberley but Sol Plaatje Municipality still insists that they are capable of meeting the City’s water demands.

Sol Plaatje Municipal spokesperson, Sello Matsie, said today that the nightly water shutdowns were likely to be discontinued from tonight as the levels at the Newton Reservoir dams are at a satisfactory height.

“The levels of the dams at the Newton Reservoir have stabilised and are sitting at 15.3 feet currently.” The optimum level is 16 feet.

According to Matsie the nightly water shadows was necessitated by  “increased consumption” and reduced water supply capacity as a result of clarifier dams at Riverton Water Purification Plant that had not been cleaned.

“There are six clarifiers at the Riverton plant, each with a carrying capacity of 103 megalitres. As a result of the silt build-up at the bottom of the clarifying dams, the carrying capacity is reduced, which affects production.

Two of the six clarifying dams have already been cleaned, while the remaining have been scheduled to be cleaned. This is being done in order to ensure that our production capacity is not affected.”

Matsie admitted that there are leaks on the main pipeline from Riverton but stated these are minor  and not affecting water supply to Kimberley.

Once again Matsie assured that Sol Plaatje Municipality have the capacity to meet Kimberley’s water demand and that water restrictions are not being considered..

The nightly water shutdowns which were initially introduced without any notice from the Municipality have been in place for more than a month.

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