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City Wide Water Shutdown 13-15 Nov 2015 – Details & Updates

UPDATE 07:00 16/11/2015

Water starting coming back on in low laying areas before 7am this morning.  Water take considerably longer to reach high laying areas such as El Toro Park.

Water restoration is a process, and can take time.  As water is release from Newton Reservoir the supply pipes throughout the city needs to fill and build pressure.  Water usually hit low laying areas, and lower areas close to Newton Reservoir fist.  As water becomes available in areas, consumption climbs which slow down the process of filling the rest of the supply pipes to higher areas.

There is also the real possibility that, like with restoration after the previous city wide shutdown, there may be multiple pipe burst during the pressurization of the distribution network.  Air hammering and other factors put extra strain on the water pipes, which can leading to ruptures at weak points.  Be prepared for localized outages in specific areas to facilitate repair work, when water is introduced to the city’s distribution network.

Information on the water levels at Newton Reservoir is not available yet, but expected to be very low. Please use water sparing to allow water levels to increase

All our thanks go out to the teams who worked relentlessly during the weekend on this major project, and also to Sol Plaatje Emergency Service who was responsible for distributing water via JoJo tanks and mobile water trucks during this time

UPDATE 21:20 15/11/2015 via Johan Smit of the DA
The municipality should be starting the pumps at Riverton Pumping Station any time now to feed water into the 600mm pipeline.  The pipeline has to be bled and pressurised, before water will reach the reservoirs. Only when water levels in the reservoirs are at a satisfactory level can the process of bleeding and the preservation of the pipe network in the city be started.
THIS PROCESS WILL TAKE TIME

Work on the 900mm pipeline is still continuing. Only one end of the connection has been completed.

Kimberlites should prepare themselves for the possibility of only receiving usable water pressure across the city sometime tomorrow morning (Maybe even later depending on the progress at Midlands).

UPDATE 20:00 15/11/2015 via Johan Smit of the DA

The probability that water will be back on in Kimberley’s taps before tomorrow morning is very slim.
Connections at Midlands on the 900 mm main supply line from the Riverton Pumping Station is still in progress.  The team is experiencing major difficulties in lining up the sections.  Once all have been lined up welding still need to be completed which can take as long as 5 hours. Once Midlands has been completed, the pipeline still have to be bled and pressurised which also take some time.

The engineers are have almost completed bracing a 600mm pipeline section to bypass the problem area, which will enable them to start pumping a limited amount of water to the reservoirs, where the levels are currently extremely low.

Kimberlites should prepare themselves for the possibility of only receiving usable water pressure sometime tomorrow morning (Maybe even later depending on the progress at Midlands).

Kimberley Water Shutdown Midlands Problem Valve

Problematic T-piece at Midlands

UPDATE 18:30 via Johan Smit of the DA

Work at all sites have been completed accept for Midlands where the problem on the 900mm supply line is still proving problematic.
The engineers are working on a plan to start pumping water from Riverton Pumping Station to the Reservoirs via the 600mm supply line.  This will allow a limited amount of water to be pumped to the the Newton Reservoirs.  Water usage will have to be kept to a minimum until reservoir levels have been restored.

UPDATE 17:30 15/11/2015 Via Sello Matsie of Municipal Communications
“Latest Update: All sites now done except the one mainline; the joiner of the last bit of pipe connections are in progress; water will be restored late tonight. Assurance is given that everything is being done to conclude the work. Thanks for the cooperation and patience”
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Webmaster Comment: Please be cautions and ensure that you have enough water to last until tomorrow morning. The update from Sol Plaatje Municipality does not clearly state whether “tonight” is by 12:00 am, or early tomorrow morning, neither does it clearly state if the municipality will start pumping water from Riverton “tonight”, if they will start introducing water to the cities water pipes “tonight”, or if water will be back in the cities taps by “tonight”. We all hope to have water late tonight but it is prudent to be prepared in case there are any further delays. We will post an update when this has been clarified.

UPDATE 16:30 15/11/2015  – Via Johan Smit of the DA

  • The water leak on one of the main supply lines across the new hospital has been repaired.
  • At Shoprite in Barkly road there is T-piece causing delays, but the engineers in are making headway, and work there is nearing completion.
  • At Midlands there are problems with fitting a T-piece, and progress there is behind schedule.
  • Work at Riverton is also still in progress, but reports from the site indicate that they are nearing completion.
  • At this stage it is still not possible to pump water to the City from the Riverton Pumping Station.

UPDATE 11:30 15/11/2015 – This Sunday morning the big questions on the minds of most Kimberlites is “When will we have water in our taps again”

At this moment no one can answer that question, as there are too many variables in play. Marrying new valves and fitting to the existing pipelines brings numerous challenges and possible technical difficulties which can push times forward.

According to Sol Plaatje, at 10:00 today work on the 600mm supply line from the Riverton Pumping Station was all but finished, but work on the 900mm supply line is continuing. The municipality intends to start pumping water to the reservoirs via the 600mm supply line once the last minor details on that line has been taken care off.

Please take into consideration that it takes an enormous amount of water to fill the pipeline and only when the line has been fully pressurised can the possible of leaks be eliminated.  When the supply line has been pressurised water in the reservoirs needs to be at satisfactory levels before water at an acceptable pressure can be introduced into the city water distribution network, which is mostly empty and need to be filled, before pressure will build. From current available information expectations are that this will not happen until both supply lines are pumping at capacity.

With Kimberlites eagerly awaiting water restoration water usage will be extremely high when supply is restored. Even with both the 600mm and 900mm incoming supply lines running at full capacity high water usage can exceed the inflow from Riverton, making it extremely difficult to maintain reservoir levels and keep water pressure up.

There is also the real possibility that, like with restoration after the previous city wide shutdown, there may be multiple pipe burst during the pressurization of the distribution network.  Air hammering and other factors put extra strain on the water pipes, which can leading to ruptures at weak points.  Be prepared for localized outages in specific areas to facilitate repair work, when water is introduced to the city’s distribution network.

At this moment it is a waiting game, but do know that the teams have been working hard and are still putting in all effort to restore water as soon as possible.

Updates are posted @ City Wide Water Shutdown 13-15 Nov 2015 – Details & Updates.

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