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Kimberley Water Supply UPDATE – May 2021

UPDATE: 14 MAY 2021 – 08:41

Kindly take note that we are still busy with the contractor behind a shopping complex in Barkley Road. We should be done in still this morning as the team is busy fitting bolts to complete repairs.

We started supply from Newton Reservoir at 04H00 with 23 and 45 at around 14.10 ft. All areas except for Homestead, Homevale Kimdustria and Seochwareng side of Galeshewe. Immediately after we complete the repairs, supply will be restored.

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality


UPDATE: 13 MAY 2021 – 16:00

Good afternoon. We are effecting an emergency repair on the 965mm. Unfortunately we have to interrupt water supply. This might result in low pressure in the system or no water at all for some parts of the City.

The teams from water works will be closing some of the valves as from 16:30 until the work is completed. We anticipate the work to take about 3-4 hours. This is an unscheduled operation which needs to be attended to immediately. We apologize to our consumers for the inconvenience.

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: 12 MAY 2021 – 15:38

Dam levels at the Newton Reservoir are critically low and the levels of both the 45ML and 91ML are at 9 ft. Pump no 8 is already starting to drop ampères and it could be that pumps will be shut down earlier as the system will have to be drained to carry out repairs behind the Shoprite Centre in Barkly Road.

Ockie Fourie
Cllr Ward 25


UPDATE: 12 MAY 2021 – 11:30

Many residents are reporting little to no water pressure in many areas from early this morning. No official word or statement has been released by Sol Plaatje Municipality as yet, but speculation is that Newton Reservoir has possibly been switched off to either attend to a pipe burst or the levels at Newton Reservoir are critically low and therefore had to shut the reservoir off earlier than anticipated.

UPDATE: 28 APR 2021 – 15:48

Water levels at the Newton Reservoir are critically low and there may be a good chance that the pumps will be shutdown earlier than planned. Some of the the areas affected by the work being carried out in Central Road is without water for some time already.

Info via Social Media

UPDATE: 26 APR 2021 – 13:55

The Newton Reservoir will be temporarily switched off to allow us to complete the pipe repair work in Central Road, Herlear.
Supply will be restored immediately after.

Info via Social Media

Kindly note furthermore we are unable to open the water valves in Roodepan due the current situation with regards to the service delivery protests for safety of our employees. We are seeking the assistance from police to allow the team through so that the area can receive water supply. Thanks

Info via Sello Matsie

UPDATE: 23 APR 2021 – 15:55

It was confirmed by an employee on duty since 14h00 today that the Newton Reservoir was already shut down when he started his shift. He was just informed that he will be contacted should the situation change. Dam levels are also critically low. No telephonic communication with the relevant Officials was possible as phones are not answered.

Ockie Fourie
Cllr Ward 25
060 795 8670
064 421 1588

UPDATE: 23 APR 2021 – 15:00

Once again residents are reporting little to no water pressure in many areas this afternoon. No official word or statement has been released by Sol Plaatje Municipality as yet, but speculation is that Newton Reservoir has possibly been switched off to either attend to a pipe burst or the levels at Newton Reservoir are critically low and therefore had to shut the reservoir off earlier than anticipated.

UPDATE: 23 APR 2021 – 08:00

Sol Plaatje have stated that Newton Reservoir pumps are turned off nightly until an adequate water level is achieved.

Time of Nightly Water Shutdown: 22:00 – 04:00 / 10pm – 4am
PLEASE NOTE: As in the past, sometimes water was switched off earlier than specified or switched on later than the times mentioned.

 

UPDATE: 21 APR 2021 – 14:17

Dear members. I had a call regarding the current water situation. Repairs are currently being affected on the 600mm pipeline. Areas being served from this line may only have water tomorrow should no other problem occur.

Herlear, Beaconsfield, Klisseville and Belgravia are affected due to repairs being carried out at the corner of Main and Edgerton Roads opposite the Halfway House. These areas may be affected intermittently. Any progress on the work will be communicated.

Ockie Fourie
Cllr Ward 25
060 795 8670
064 421 1588

UPDATE: 21 APR 2021 – 11:34

Morning everyone. Once again I have to report a very bad situation which is going to develop.

As all of us have become accustomed to, it is an acceptable custom approach of Sol Plaatje Municipality to delay and eventually relay messages regarding service delivery only after the beans have been spilled.

Well, pumps are in good working order at Newton Reservoir although dam levels are still critically low. The bad news though is that there is no water pressure on the 600mm pipeline yet again due to another major leak on the pipeline about 8 to 10 km from Riverton and after about 4 years of monitoring the water situation, it has become evident that Kimberley will be having problems within a few hours and the pumps may be shut down predictably so. I may be wrong, but it has become a trend which after 4 years of following have never failed.

Belgravia, Herlear, Klisserville and some parts of Beaconsfield will be reported on shortly.

Ockie Fourie
Cllr Ward 25
060 795 8670
064 421 1588

UPDATE: 21 APR 2021 – 08:20

According to reports on social media, it appears as though areas around Herlear & Beaconsfield currently have no water or are facing very weak pressure. Unfortunately no information from Sol Plaatje Municipality as to what the cause of the problem is. Apparently according to a foreman, the system is still building up pressure, whether or not this is true, we cannot speculate.

As soon as more info becomes available we will share it.

UPDATE: 19 APR 2021 – 13:00

The 600mm water supply line to Roodepan was successfully repaired last night and supply to all Roodepan areas was restored. However pressure on the network is gradually increasing as the network was empty. Water supply from Newton Reservior commenced at 04H00 as planned.

The repairs to the 600mm line behind Homevale is progressing and should be completed around late afternoon. Areas affected by the said repairs include portions of Galeshewe, Greater Number Two. Homevale, Homestead and surrounding suburbs. Water Tankers are being dispatched to the affected areas. The Water levels at Newton Reservoir remains steady.

We will implement nightly shutdowns to increase our water reserves at Newton Reservoir.

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: 18 APR 2021 – 12:10

Almost all areas of the City are being supplied with water including South Ridge.

Although the repair work is almost complete, Roodepan including areas like Jacksonville, Lethabo and Lerato Park are still being supplied with all the available water tanker trucks.

Another leak on the 600mm pipeline has been observed this morning and this will have to be repaired without delay. Residents are therefore advised that at 4pm this afternoon the water supply will be interrupted to fix the leak. Please ensure that you keep adequate water until water is restored which will be later today.

NB: Water Supply will be interrupted today at 4pm to fix another leak on the 600mm pipeline.

The Sol Plaatje Municipality apologises for the entire inconvenience

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje municipality

UPDATE: 18 APR 2021 – 08:25

Dam levels at the Newton Reservoir are as follows :
01. 23ML = 11.7 ft
02. 45ML = 11.7 ft
03. 91ML = 12.9 ft
04. 102ML = 9.1 ft
At this stage the levels are very low. Many areas are still without water for 5 days and more.
Awaiting feedback from the responsible Official.

Ockie Fourie
Cllr Ward 25

UPDATE: 17 APR 2021 – 14:44

Work on the 600mm pipeline is almost completed and water supply will be restored shortly until 22h00 tonight. Any changes will be communicated timely. Please note that there maybe isolated pockets where problems may be experienced and this will be attended to separately.
Your absolute patience and resilience during these extremely difficult period is highly respected.
Please report any areas without water after 18h00 tonight directly to the Call Centre, your Local Ward Councillor, or to me privately as this is a Ward 25 Group.

Ockie Fourie
Cllr Ward 25
060 795 8670
064 421 1588

UPDATE: 17 APR 2021 – 14:22

Afternoon Everyone the team is busy welding the last stifner plates because after we finished with closing the 600 there was another leak, hence the team is welding to repair pipe. We will be opening up within the next few minutes. We will be supplying water to all areas and time of closing areas will be communicated and should be at around 22H00 only. We sincere apology for the crisis as result of the aged pipe. See pictures of the area which was repaired.

 

UPDATE: 17 APR 2021 – 09:30

Dam Levels at Newton Reservoir ; the 45 & 23 capacity dams at over 15 ft. The Dams levels of 91 at 12 ft 6 and 102 at 8 ft 6.

Work on the decommissioning of the damaged pipe line is almost complete. Severely affected Areas continue to be served through water tankers. Once the work is complete supply will be restored.

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality

 

UPDATE: 17 APR 2021 – 06:30

It was reported that copper pipes were stolen during the early hours of the morning at the Riverton Purification Plant. I cannot tell at this stage what effect it will have on the water supply to Newton Reservoir and whether the pumps at Riverton will have to be shut down to carry out repairs.
I will keep you posted.

UPDATE: It is now confirmed that the stolen copper pipes occurred in Ritchie and not at Riverton Purification Plant.

Dam levels at 06h00 on Saturday, 17 Apr 2021:
01. 23ML = 14.1 ft
02. 45ML = 14.6 ft
03. 91ML = 12.8 ft
04. 102ML = 8.11 ft

Ockie Fourie
Cllr Ward 25
060 795 8670
064 421 1588

UPDATE: 16 APR 2021 – 19:45

The current situation at the Newton Reservoir has increased at a very satisfying rate and the current dam levels are as follows:
01. 23Ml = 15.2 ft
02. 45ML = 15.8 ft
03. 91ML = 8.10 ft
04. 102ML = 8.8 ft

The 91ML was opened a short while ago, so, 2 dams are rapidly reaching it’s maximum capacity and the 91ML is now also receiving water. This bodes very well for sufficient water supply during the course of tomorrow however the level of the 102ML will also have to be significantly increased and all dam levels stabilised.

I will be receiving further updates soon and will endeavor to relay any new information.

Ockie Fourie
Cllr Ward 25

UPDATE: 16 APR 2021 – 12:47

Dear members. The pumps at Newton Reservoir were shutdown once again at 12h00 without notice due to reasons known only to Sol Plaatje Municipality. Both the 23ML and the 45ML are at stable levels.

Further communication will follow as soon as the reasons for the shutdown are established.

Ockie Fourie
Cllr Ward 25
060 795 8670
064 421 1588

UPDATE: 16 APR 2021 – 12:30

The Sol Plaatje Municipality is still continuing to supply water as per the time based Schedule for the entire City.

Water supply will be released for parts of Galeshewe shortly though the areas Roodepan, Jacksonville, Lerato and Lethabo Park, Homevale, North View including Greater Number Two, are severely affected because of the damage on the 600mm pipeline. The pipeline will be decommissioned because portions on the line are beyond repair and these areas will be supplied via a ring feed method.

They are being supplied through water tankers more intensively until the repair work is complete. The team is also trying to resolve the challenges in Southridge. Water Tankers will also be dispatched to the area to alleviate the situation. The municipality is requesting the community to refrain from any violent activity as this matter is being prioritized as extremely urgent.

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: 16 APR 2021 – 06:37

Good morning everyone. It’s just after 06h00. Both pumps at the Newton Reservoir were switched on at 04h00. The dam levels of the 23ML as well as the 45ML have recovered well through the night and are currently at 13.2 feet and 15.4 feet respectively. The level of the tower also shows an acceptable level which means that the system is largely filled and most areas should already have water.

Above message/info translated from a post by Ward 25 Councillor, Ockert Fourie.

UPDATE: 15 APR 2021 – 16:00

Part of 600 mm pipeline from Riverton including the pipe at the Corner Carrington and Main Roads are being repaired by a private contractor. The municipal teams are working on other areas of the network. The water tankers are still providing water in identified areas.

 

UPDATE: 15 APR 2021 – 10:00

We are continuing with the time based Schedule as previously communicated. We are aware some areas could not be supplied but we used alternative measures like water tankers and Jojo Tanks.

We are currently busy with repairs to a pipe that supplies the areas of Roodepan, Jacksonville including Lerato and Lethabo Park. Our contingency plans in the interim is to send additional water tankers to these areas. All pipes including withing the city reticulated system are also being prioritized.

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality


UPDATE: 15 APR 2021 – 07:36

“Good morning everyone. For reasons unknown to me, and after discussions on the site at Newton Reservoir, the valves were opened last night on the line at Beefmaster dropping the dam levels so quickly that the supply to the 23ML had to be closed again immediately. As a result thereof, there is currently only 1 pump working and the 45ML is currently at about 8 feet as communicated to me from the Newton Reservoir. Water is switched on to the various areas serviced from the Reservoir.”

Above message from Ward 25 Cllr, Ockert Fourie.

For any assistance with water, the community can contact Mr David Leeuw on 082 416 3478.

 

 

UPDATE: 15 APR 2021 – 07:15

According to reports on social media, it appears as though Sol Plaatje only switched water on later than the aforementioned 04:00. Reservoir levels however remain very low and so the water will in all likelihood be turned off again later. At this stage we are not sure about the time it will be turned off, as it was also mentioned it would not be switched off at 11:00, but a bit later.

UPDATE: 14 APR 2021 – 16:15

Water levels dropped since Saturday and on Monday the water drastically reduced in levels and technical teams were sent out to investigate the matter.

The team started at the plant and inspected the 900mm pipeline and could n find any major leaks. A drone was also made available to check other pipelines between Riverton and Kimberley.

On Monday water was shut off to increase the levels but unfortunately on Tuesday there was no improvement. The teams had to work around the clock to investigate the problem on the lack of increase in water levels.

On Wednesday morning a major leak was found on the 600mm line in the bush, near Kamfers Dam. The teams are currently working on the leak to fix it so that water supply be restored.

The municipality will continue to supply water with tankers to those in need.
For any assistance with water, the community can contact Mr David Leeuw on 082 416 3478.


UPDATE: 14 APR 2021 – 14:28

Good afternoon members and residents.
I was at the Newton Reservoir and want to inform you of the latest developments. All pumps at the Reservoir are switched off. Dam levels are extremely low. The valve on the 600mm pipeline was apparently closed earlier this morning and once again this information was not shared with the Councillors, nor the Communities. I’m currently at a Memorial Service but will leave soon directly to the cause of the problem which was not detected from the air by means of an aeroplane and the use of a drone.

The pumps at Riverton Purification Plant are pumping at full capacity, however there is only a very slight increase in the level of the 45ML storage dam. All other dams are closed and the supply to areas which are supplied from the Newton Reservoir have been terminated in order to increase the dam level.

I’m speaking on behalf of myself when I say that I can’t see water be restored before tomorrow.
Sorry for the bad news. I will keep you posted.

Ockie Fourie
Cllr Ward 25
060 795 8670
064 421 1588
 

Photos were taken on 14 April 2021 at approx 14h00 by Ward 25 Councillor, Ockert Fourie.

Capacities and Levels of Newton Reservoir Dams
23 ML is 16 feet deep (5.8m).
45 ML is 16 feet deep (5.8m).
91 ML is 12 feet deep (3.6m).
102 ML is 16 feet deep (5.8m).

UPDATE: 14 APR 2021 – 10:01

The Waterworks Department has been able to start up Newton Reservoir pumps as of this morning after a slight improvement in Dam levels to supply parts of the of the City.

The Municipality would like to provide an interim water supply time based Schedule for the following geographical Zones of the entire city.

ZONE ONE:
Schedule time for supply: 04H00 to 11H00

CBD, Hearlear, Beaconsfield, South Ridge, Eltoropark, Hadisonpark, New park, Rhodesdene, Roylglen, Monumentheights, Greenpoint, Cassandra, De Beers, Kimberley North, Utility, Florianville.

NB: Areas which are getting direct supply from Newton Reservoir through our pump station.

ZONE TWO:
Schedule time for supply: 16H00 to 20H00

Larger parts of Galeshewe including Phutanang, Phomolong, Ipopeng, Ipeleng, Kagisho, Tlhageng, Tswelelang, Retswelele, Chris Hani, Kutlwanong, Soul City, Redirile, and the Greater Number Two etc.

ZONE THREE:
Schedule time for supply: 11H00 to 14H00

Homestead, Homevale, Homevalley, Homelite, Homevale Extension.

ZONE FOUR:
Schedule time for supply: 14H00 to 17H00

The entire Roodepan Area , Lerato Park, Lethabo Park, Jacksonville.

NB: The above is indicative and can be changed at any time but should preferable not axceed allocated time frames. The community is advised to call the call centre for areas that may not get any supply. Water Tankers continues to supply Hospitals, old age homes. The inconvenience is highly-qualified regretful.

Regards

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje municipality


UPDATE: 14 APR 2021 – 09:40

In an Email sent to Sol Plaatje Ward Councillors it was mentioned that areas will have a time limited supply of water based on their location.
Because of geographical location the following zones has been identified with possible time frames:

Zone 1:
Town, Hearlear, Beaconsfield, South Ridge, Eltoropark, Hadisonpark, New park, Rhodesdene, Roylglen, Monumentheights, Greenpoint, Cassandra, De Beers, Kimberley North, Utility, Florianville.
(High lying areas which are getting direct supply from Newton through our pump station)
Possible time for operation:  04H00 to 11H00
 
Zone 2:
Galeshewe, Greater Galeshewe.
Possible time for operation:  16H00 to 20H00
 
Zone 3:
Homestead, Homevale, Homevalley, Homelite, Homevale Extension.
Possible time for operation:  11H00 to 14H00
 
Zone 4:
Roodepan , Lethabo Park, Lerhato Park, Jacksonville.
Possible time for operation:  14H00 to 17H00
 
The above is an indication only and can be changed at any time but should preferable not accede allocated time frames.

At this stage we are unsure of how long the above will be implemented, but we will keep all updated as info becomes available.

UPDATE: 13 APR 2021 – 10:30

LATEST UPDATE ON WATER CHALLENGES

The Mayoral Committee Members are engaging on issue to come up with solutions to ensure water supply is restored.

The Sol Plaatje Municipality contingency plan is as follows:

Currently 8 water tankers are busy supplying Hospitals with water. Mr Dawid Leeuw is currently busy sourcing another six water tankers to assist with water supply to Schools and Old age homes.

The Fire Dept only has one water tanker and is busy supplying water to Yonder and to the Clinics.

Hancor Dairy is also assisting us in supplying water with their tankers from Newton Reservoir to supply water.

Mr Hennie Harding has arranged for a aeroplane to patrol the water line from Riverton to Kimberley. The Fire Dept is currently taking photos with a drone of the water supply lines from Riverton to Kimberley as the Drone can fly closer to the ground.

Mr Sithole, Dawid Leeuw and Hancor Dairy are coordinating supply to the Community of Kimberley.

We humbly requests the community to be patient during this time as we work around the clock to ensure the problem is attended to.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we undertake to update all stakeholders regularly.

Regards
SP Mabilo
Executive Mayor

UPDATE: 13 APR 2021 – 08:10

Good morning residents unfortunately no good news. According to Mr Sithole there is no improvement at Newton Reservoir and levels are still very low. The pumps are apparently pumping from Riverton, but water does not come out at the Reservoir. Teams are already at Riverton to determine what the problem is.
We will keep you informed as soon as we receive any information from Sol Plaatje.

Above message/info translated from a post by Marie Beylefeld.

UPDATE: 12 APR 2021 – 16:00

The Waterworks Department is currently working on the water situation in the City after critical low levels led to the suspension of supply at Newton Reservoir and the entire city. The current challenges are due to productivity processes that is very tedious and not due to any major leaks on the mainline from Riverton. The Dam levels at Newton Reservoir Complex are constantly being monitored. The same situation is also being experienced at Ritchie with low productivity.

Once the situation has improved we will immediately commence water supply without delay. Please further note that we will immediately start with nightly shutdowns to further increase the capacity of the Reservoirs. We regret the inconvenience.

 

 

UPDATE: 12 APR 2021 – 12:10

Sol Plaatje stated that they switched off Newton Reservoir this morning as the Water Levels are critically low and a decision was taken this morning to switch off to boost the levels. Supply will be restored immediately after we have enough capacity to start up the pumps at Newton.


UPDATE: 12 APR 2021 – 08:00

The pumps at Newton Reservoir were shutdown due to the critical low water levels at the storage facilities.

The pumps at Riverton are pumping at full capacity and the team from Water Works have been sent out to investigate the main supply lines to Kimberley and to determine the reason as to why there is a lack of water supply to Newton Reservoir.

Estimated to return water supply is not known.

Ockie Fourie
Cllr Ward 25
060 795 8670
064 421 1588

UPDATE: 12 APR 2021 – 06:00

Once again many residents are reporting little to no water pressure in many areas this morning. No official word or statement has been released by Sol Plaatje Municipality as yet, but speculation is that Newton Reservoir has possibly been switched off to either attend to a pipe burst in Rhodes Avenue or SP were late in switching the water back on after the, still present, nightly water shutdowns.

UPDATE: 08 APR 2021 – 15:30

Sol Plaatje stated that they had to switch off Newton Reservoir once again to facilitate repairs to a massive leak at Newton which will affect most residents with little to no water pressure.

Time of completion of said repairs is currently unknown.


 


UPDATE: 06 APR 2021 – 12:50

Pumps at Newton Reservoir were switched off at 12h00 to affect repairs to a burst pipe at Property Connection in Labram.
The team from Water Works is currently busy with the necessary repairs and the work will be completed soon. The pumps will be switched on after 13h00 and water supply will be restored slowly.

Info via Social Media.

UPDATE: 14 MAR 2021 – 16:27

We have just been informed that water will be switched off at 18:00 tonight, Sunday 14 March 2021, so that the Reservoir’s water levels can improve for tomorrow for schools and businesses. 

Info via Social Media.

UPDATE: 14 MAR 2021 – 08:28

A contractor is currently surveying major leaks by means of a drone to pinpoint the location of major leaks. Repairs to the 350 pipeline next to the fly-overs on the N8 will be carried out tomorrow, Monday 15 March 2021, followed by further repairs to the 600 pipeline behind Roodepan.

All information regarding shutdowns, repairs and progress will be communicated.

Info via Ward 24 Cllr, Sharon Steyn.

UPDATE: 13 MAR 2021 – 17:40

According to Sol Plaatje Call Centre the water works team have switched off the water at Newton Reservoir at 16h00 (4pm) this afternoon, 13 March 2021. Water will most probably be switch back on tomorrow morning, Sunday 14 March 2021.

Info via Ward 24 Cllr, Sharon Steyn.

UPDATE: 12 MAR 2021 – 15:11
Due to unforeseen major pipe bursts at the sports field near the Sol Plaatje University, the water supply at Newton Reservoir had to be shut down again with immediate effect. The team from Water Works is on the scene and will carry out the necessary repairs. The estimated time of repair is not known.Message via Ward 25 Cllr, Ockert Fourie on WhatsApp.
UPDATE: 12 MAR 2021 – 14:30
Once again many residents are reporting little to no water pressure in many areas. No official word or statement has been released by Sol Plaatje Municipality as yet, but speculation is that Newton Reservoir has possibly been switched off due to critically low levels or there is an urgent pipe burst that needs attendance immediately.
UPDATE: 11 MAR 2021 – 08:44

Sol Plaatje stated that they had to switch off Newton Reservoir once again to facilitate repairs behind the Sol Plaatje University which will affect most residents with little to no water pressure. Completion of repairs, as stated, would take approximately 2 hours.

Message via Ward 25 Cllr, Ockert Fourie on WhatsApp

UPDATE: 10 MAR 2021 – 13:58
Please note that due to urgent repairs to a massive pipe burst at the sports field behind the Sol Plaatje Municipality at Lawson Street, the Newton Reservoir will be shutdown with immediate effect to the low lying areas.
Estimated time of repair is not known.

Message via Ward 25 Cllr, Ockert Fourie on WhatsApp.

UPDATE: 09 MAR 2021 – 12:00
SAFM Interview with Community Leader Tumelo Mosikare, DA Ward Councillor Philip Vorster and later joined by the Executive Mayor Patrick Mabilo on the ever increasing challenges in the Sol Plaatje Municipality and current Water Crisis being experienced in Kimberley, Northern Cape.

UPDATE: 08 MAR 2021 – 12:04
In a message by the Acting Director Mr Sithole, it was mentioned that the water will be switched off at Newton Reservoir at 20:00 (8pm) tonight, 8 March 2021. This will however be dependent on levels throughout the day.

Mr_Sithole-Message_water_off_at_8pm-20210308

Message from Acting Director Mr Sithole with regards to water going off at 8pm.

UPDATE: 07 MAR 2021 – 15:30
As mentioned on a Ward Councillor’s WhatsApp Group, Newton Reservoir has been switched off as levels are critically low. From the message it was also mentioned that water will be back on tomorrow morning, 08 March 2021, but no specific time was given.

UPDATE: 23 FEB 2021 – 08:00
In a message sent to the Acting Director, Mr Sithole, it was stated this morning (Tue, 23 Feb 2021) that the 45ML and 23ML reservoirs were at 13ft. Pumps were started at 04:00 with the level at 15ft.

Residents should however still use water sparingly otherwise the water situation will not return to normal and also to prevent possible earlier shutoff at Newton Reservoir if the need arises.

Yesterday, Mon 22 Feb 2021, the water outflow exceeded the water inflow which necessitated Newton Reservoir being switched off earlier for those areas that were scheduled to go off at 20:00.

MSG to Mr Sithole with regards to the Reservoir Levels.

UPDATE: 22 FEB 2021 – 10:04
As mentioned on a Ward Councillor’s WhatsApp Group, it appears as though the levels at Newton Reservoir are low which is adversely affecting the water supply where residents are experiencing little to no water pressure.

UPDATE: 21 FEB 2021 – 15:15
Improvement on water situation in Kimberley
In a media release by Executive Mayor Patrick Mabilo, it was mentioned that the water supply in the city has improved tremendously. Riverton had improved capacity to 90% and the levels at Newton Reservoir has also improved.

Based on these developments, the municipality will amend the water interruption times as follows:

Water in low lying areas from as of today, Sunday 21 Feb 2021, will be interrupted at 18h00 till 05h00 whilst high lying areas will be interrupted at 20h00 to 05h00.

The high lying areas are as follows – 20h00 to 05h00:
Hadison park, Hillcrest, Royldene, Monument Heights, Belgravia, Herlear, Klisserville, Southridge, Beaconsfield, Greenpoint, Rhodesdene

The low lying areas – 18h00 till 05h00:
West End, Galeshewe, Riviera, Roodepan, Homestead, Homevale, Homelite, Moghul park

SEE THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE BELOW OR CLICK HERE:

 

UPDATE: 19 FEB 2021 – 12:26
In a media release by Mayor Patrick Mabilo, it was mentioned that the water supply from Riverton to Newton Reservoir has improved, however full capacity is not reached as yet. To mitigate the impact water is being interrupted at around 14:00 and opened again at around 05:00. This started on Sunday (14 February 2021) and shall continue until the situation returns to normal. He further states that they are optimistic that by this time next week (Friday, 26 Feb 2021), the situation will be very close to normal, if not normalized at all.

In conclusion: Water will still be switched off daily at around 14:00 and back on again at around 05:00 the following morning until the situation normalizes.

SEE THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE BELOW OR CLICK HERE:

 

UPDATE: 19 FEB 2021 – 09:25
As mentioned on a Ward Councillor’s WhatsApp Group, Sol Plaatje have switched off water at Newton Reservoir to attend to 2x huge pipe bursts, one in Albertynshof and one in Carrington Road, Klisserville.

At this stage we are unsure if the water will be turned back on after said repairs have been completed or if this impacts the current daily water shutdowns.

UPDATE: 19 FEB 2021 – 07:49
In a statement released by the Acting Director Mr Sithole, it was mentioned that since repairs to the 965mm pipe the levels at Newton Reservoir this morning at 06:00 were as follows:
45 & 23ML – 15.3ft
91ML – 11.5ft

Once again it appears as though there is already a water shutdown as some residents are experiencing little to no water pressure from about 08:00 this morning, Fri 19 Feb 2021.
Whether the above info influences the current daily water shutdown, remains to be seen.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR, MR SITHOLE ON WHATSAPP

Good Morning Everyone please take note that since the repaired of 965mm levels this morning at Newton reservoirs were 45 & 23 at 15.3. 91 at 11.5. 06:00. Slowly we are winning. To those who are watching from pavilion with too much negative we are slowly getting out of the woods. Regards Mr Sithole

UPDATE: 18 FEB 2021 – 12:30
As mentioned on a Ward Councillor’s WhatsApp Group, Sol Plaatje will be switching water off once again at 14:00 today, Thu 18 Feb 2021, and will be switched back on tomorrow morning, Fri 19 Feb 2021, presumably at 05:00 again, this despite many residents reporting little to no water already from about 11:15.

UPDATE: 18 FEB 2021 – 11:40
Many areas in Kimberley are once again experiencing little to no water pressure. As before, there is again zero communication from Sol Plaatje Municipality with regards to this ongoing issue..

At this stage we have no info as to when the water will return or whether this will run concurrently with the current water shutdown that residents have been dealing with every day from 14:00. If that is the case, there is a possibility that water will only be back on tomorrow morning, Fri 19 Feb 2021, as experienced yesterday, Wed 17 Feb 2021. 

UPDATE: 17 FEB 2021 – 10:30
Many areas in Kimberley are currently experiencing little to no water pressure. We are still waiting for any form of feedback with regards to this, as feedback from Sol Plaatje is once again non-existent at this stage.

Some of the Areas Affected: Hillcrest, Carters Glen, CBD, De Beers, New Park, Albertynshof and possibly other areas too.

We will update as soon as we receive info.

PLEASE NOTE: At this stage the current water outage does not influence the water shutdown at 14:00 this afternoon, ie. Sol Plaatje will still be shutting water off at 14:00 as previously mentioned.

UPDATE: 17 FEB 2021 – 08:23
Sol Plaatje have stated on their social media that water was restored this morning (Wed, 17 Feb 2021) at 04:00 instead of the usual 05:00. They further mentioned that the water will once again be shutoff at 14:00 (2pm) today, Wed, 17 Feb 2021, as they continue to boost capacity of the water supply.


 

UPDATE: 16 FEB 2021 – 13:40
As mentioned on a Ward Councillor’s WhatsApp Group, Sol Plaatje will be switching water off once again at 14:00 today, Tue 16 Feb 2021, and will be switched back on tomorrow morning, Wed 17 Feb 2021, presumably at 05:00 again.

Voice clip of DA Ward Councillor Ockert Fourie speaking on RSG Spectrum on 16 February 2021 with regards to the current water crisis in Kimberley.

 

 

 

UPDATE: 16 FEB 2021 – 10:00
According to Sol Plaatje Call Centre, they are also in the dark as what the issue is with the water as the people out in the field are not answering their phones or giving any updates. We are currently waiting on an update from our Ward Councillors where a few have gone out to see what is happening at Riverton. We will keep all updated as best we can.

UPDATE: 15 FEB 2021 – 15:50
As mentioned on some of the Ward Councillor WhatsApp Groups, it appears as though Sol Plaatje have indeed switched water off and just used the exact wording in the last update. According to this update, supply of water will be back tomorrow morning, Tue, 16 Feb 2021 at 05:00 and depending how the levels look during the day, if there is a need to interrupt supply at 14:00 or whenever, it will be communicated to residents in advance.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE ON WHATSAPP

Update@18:20pm

Please note that we have now switched off the supply of water for the entire city, the reason for this is to build up the water levels at the Newton Reservoir which will enable us to supply the entire city tomorrow morning.

Supply of water will be back at 05:00am tomorrow morning 16th February, depending how the levels are during the day, if there is a need to interrupt supply at 14:00pm tomorrow it will be communicated to residents in advance.

We regret the inconvenience and humbly apologize

UPDATE: 15 FEB 2021 – 15:40
It appears as though water has been switched off at Newton Reservoir as residents living near the Reservoir have reported having no water suddenly. This could also be an isolated incident (burst pipe, etc) or it is indeed Sol Plaatje that have decided to switch off the water to build the levels at Newton Reservoir as previously mentioned. Unfortunately no official update has been sent from Sol Plaatje to confirm or deny the above.

Please note the above update is taken from resident’s word of mouth about water and not that of Sol Plaatje as updates from Sol Plaatje are not forthcoming at this stage.

UPDATE: 14 FEB 2021 – 18:20
In a statement released, it was mentioned that the water supply for the entire city was switched off to build up the water levels at the Newton Reservoir. Supply of water will be back at 05:00 tomorrow morning, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 and depending how the levels look during the day, if there is a need to interrupt supply at 14:00 or whenever, it will be communicated to residents in advance.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE ON WHATSAPP

Update@18:20pm

Please note that we have now switched off the supply of water for the entire city, the reason for this is to build up the water levels at the Newton Reservoir which will enable us to supply the entire city tomorrow morning.

Supply of water will be back at 05:00am tomorrow morning 16th February, depending how the levels are during the day, if there is a need to interrupt supply at 14:00pm tomorrow it will be communicated to residents in advance.

We regret the inconvenience and humbly apologize

UPDATE: 14 FEB 2021 – 12:55
In a statement released by the Acting Director Mr Sithole, it was stated that the water supply from Newton Reservoir to town and high lying areas will be interrupted to give opportunity to the lower lying areas from 14:00 to 18:00. Residents are urged to fill containers to be able to cook and perform other necessary duties as water will again be interrupted in the lower lying areas at 18:00.

Water will be interrupted for the entire city from 18:00 until tomorrow morning, Mon 15 February 2021 to build the levels at the reservoirs. Residents are urged not to water their gardens as the supply is very low.

The high lying areas are as follows:

  • Hadison park
  • Hillcrest
  • Royldene
  • Monument heights
  • Belgravia
  • Herlear
  • Klisserville
  • South ridge
  • Beaconsfield
  • Greenpoint
  • Rhodesdene

The low lying areas:

  • West End
  • Galeshewe
  • Riviera
  • Roodepan
  • Homestead
  • Homevale
  • Homelite
  • Moghul park

ORIGINAL MESSAGE BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR, MR SITHOLE ON WHATSAPP

Update: 14 Feb 2021@ 12:55pm

The water will be interrupted at 14:00 this afternoon for the town areas and high lying areas, to give opportunity to the lower lying areas from 14:00 till 6pm

Residents are therefore urged to fill containers so they are able to cook, and bath as water will be interrupted again in the lower lying areas at 6pm

Water will be completely interrupted for the entire city from 6pm until tomorrow morning, Monday 15th januanry 2021 to build the levels at the Resevoirs.
We therefore urge residents not to water their gardens as the supply is very low.
We regret and humbly apologise for the inconvenience caused

Mr Phethole Sithole
Acting Executive Director
Technical Services

UPDATE: 14 FEB 2021 – 07:46
In a statement released by the Acting Director Mr Sithole, it was stated that the water supply from Newton Reservoir was opened for high level areas only ie. town areas at 06:45. Water will unfortunately be interrupted again at 12:00 for town areas so residents are urged to fill containers.

At 12:00 the Reservoir will then be opened up for the lower levels again until 17:00 or 18:00 and those residents are urged to fill containers, after which the water supply will be interrupted until tomorrow morning (Mon, 15 Feb 2021) at 07:00 or maybe earlier.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR, MR SITHOLE ON WHATSAPP

Good Morning All, The team at Newton reservoirs have opened water supply for high levels only that is town areas as from 06:45 please check the flow and if there is problem let me know. The water will be interrupted again at 12:00 for town areas please fill containers for additional water may be needed. At 12:00 will then open up for lower levels again until 17:00 or 18:00. The low level areas will be interrupted.again therefore people are urge to fill containers. After all these interruptions the water will be interrupted from 17:00 or 18:00 again to everyone until tomorrow morning Monday at 07:00 or earlier for everyone. Regards Mr Sithole

UPDATE: 13 FEB 2021 – 17:39
The dam levels at Riverton rose to an acceptable level earlier today so that purified water could be pumped to the Newton Reservoir. The supply to most areas that had water this morning was stopped around 12h00 and the valves opened for supply to other areas that were without water.

All valves were closed at 17h00 and the pumps will only be switched on again at 07h00 (Sun, 14 Feb 2021) to all areas. Please note the pipeline must first be filled which can take anything from 1 to 3 hours for the supply to be restored.

Original message in Afrikaans received via WhatsApp:

Die damvlakke by Riverton het vroeër vandag tot op ‘n aanvaarbare vlak gestyg sodat gesuiwerde water na die Newton Reservoir gepomp kon word. Die toevoer na meeste gebiede wat vanoggend water gehad het, is ongeveer 12h00 gestop en die kleppe oopgemaak vir toevoer na ander gebiede wat sonder water was.
Alle kleppe sal 17h00 toegemaak word en die pompe eers weer 07h00 aangeskakel word na alle gebiede waarna die pypleiding eers gevul moet word en dit kan enigiets neem van 1 tot 3 ure vir die toevoer om herstel te wees.

UPDATE: 12 FEB 2021 – 20:34
In a statement released by the Acting Director Mr Sithole, it was mentioned that the problem is at Riverton with muddy water due to the recent floods and opening of sluice gates on dams upstream. This has resulted in only two pumps being used to supply water to Newton Reservoirs as the filtration process is longer. Tonight (Fri, 12 Feb 2021) the reservoirs will be shut off whilst only pumping to the 23ML reservoir to enable a satisfactory level in order to restore the water supply in the morning. 

It is still not guaranteed that the reservoir would’ve reached a sufficient level needed to open the water supply lines in the morning, but as soon as the level is high enough, the water supply will be opened for approximately 3 hours and switched off again to allow the levels to rise again.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR, MR SITHOLE ON WHATSAPP

At the moment the problem at Riverton is muddy water due to floods and opening of sluice gates on dams upstream, as a result thereof we are only using two pumps to supply water to Newton reservoirs as the filtration process in longer. The 45 and 23 are both empty while 91 and 102 is at 8 ft level. This reason these reservoirs to be empty is because during past days we were not interrupting supply between 22:00 to 04:00.

So tonight we will shut off the reservoirs while only pumping to the 23ML reservoir to enable enough meters head gained at Newton to allow supply to be Restored in the morning.

But it is not guaranteed that in morning we will open the reservoirs due to required level that may be needed to open the water supplies lines.

In morning as soon as level are high enough will open supply approximately for three hours and switch off and allow the levels to rise again. Regards Mr Sithole

UPDATE: 12 FEB 2021 – 18:20
A local resident enquired about the water issue and Call Centre stated now that the Newton Reservoir has been switched off due to the levels being too low. Unfortunately there is no official Sol Plaatje statement to confirm this, but many areas are experiencing little to no water pressure. 

UPDATE: 12 FEB 2021 – 16:10
According to Sol Plaatje Call Centre the pumps are currently pumping at a lower than normal capacity which is affecting some areas still with little to no water pressure. SP are aware of the issue and trying to sort out the issue.

UPDATE: 12 FEB 2021 – 09:10
According to Sol Plaatje Call Centre there is a mainline pipe burst in Dutoitspan Road affecting the water supply. Many areas will have little to no water pressure.

Areas Affected: Many areas.
Time of Restoration: Unknown

Original Message on Social Media:

Goeie more inwoners volgens die Call sentre is daar n hooflyn pyp gebars in Du Toitpan weg en Baie areas Sal geen water of swak druk ondervind. Jammer vir ongerief
Marie Beylefeld

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