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Kimberley Water Supply UPDATES – April 2024

UPDATE: 13 April 2024 – 12:00

WORK AT GOGGA PUMP, SITE OF MAJOR LEAK THAT THROTTLED SUPPLY TO THE NEWTON RESERVOIRS

The assessment is complete. There is no major damage on the main pipeline, except a tear on the scour outlet pipe to the valve. Contractor is stabilizing the tilted chamber and will cut and seal it off.

Investigation on the cause of chamber collapse is incomplete at this stage.

Once the repair work is complete, pumping at full capacity from Riverton WTW will resume. Water will be pumped to Newton Reservoirs to improve the water levels for pumping into the distribution network of Kimberley CBD and suburbia, Greenpoint and parts of Galeshewe that have been affected.

We are pulling all the stops to restore water supply tomorrow evening.

CLOSING OF OFF-TAKES TO BOOST SUPPLY TO THE NEWTON RESERVOIRS

In an effort to replenish the reservoirs, off-takes supplying water to parts of Galeshewe and Roodepan to be closed.

Residents in the above areas who have been receiving water are encouraged to store enough water for today and tomorrow with immediate effect.

EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY

Residents affected by water outages are encouraged to call our Call Center at Toll-Free 0801 229 010 or 053 832 4211.

Roving water tankers are doing the rounds, and we will also ensure that JoJos running on empty are replenished.

Kind regards,

Thabo Mothibi
Communications Unit
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: 13 April 2024 – 09:00

WORK AT GOGGA SITE OF MAJOR LEAK THAT THROTTLED SUPPLY TO THE NEWTON RESERVOIRS

The draining of the scour chamber was successfully completed last night. The technical team is assessing methods of repairs for the damaged old scour valve, which is attached to the 900mm diameter pipe. The repair work may include cutting off a section of the pipe and welding it back. This will require the pipe to be completely dry.

Thereafter, pumping at full capacity from Riverton WTW will resume. Water will be pumped to Newton Reservoirs to improve the water levels for pumping into the distribution network of Kimberley CBD and suburbia, Greenpoint and parts of Galeshewe that have been affected.

We are pulling all the stops to restore water supply tomorrow evening.

CLOSING OF OFF-TAKES TO BOOST SUPPLY TO THE NEWTON RESERVOIRS

In an effort to replenish the reservoirs, off-takes supplying water to parts of Galeshewe and Roodepan to be closed.

Residents in the above areas who have been receiving water are encouraged to store enough water.for today and tomorrow with immediate effect.

EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY

Residents affected by water outages are encouraged to call our Call Center at Toll-Free 0801 229 010 or 053 832 4211.

Water tankering has resumed for this morning, having been in force beyond 22h00 last night. Roving water tankers will continue doing the rounds, and we will also ensure that JoJos running on empty is replenished.

Kind regards,

Thabo Mothibi
Communications Unit
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: 12 April 2024 – 16:00

UPDATE: WORK AT GOGA PUMP, SITE OF MAJOR LEAK THAT THROTTLED SUPPLY TO THE NEWTON RESERVOIRS

The Consulting Engineering company Bigen Africa’s Managing Director Dr Mias van der Walt landed in Kimberley this morning at an urgent request of the Sol Plaatje Municipality’s Municipal Manager Thapelo Matlala. In this interview, Dr van der Walt details the repair scenarios at Gogga Pump near Galeshewe, the site of a collapse scour chamber. He estimated the restoration of water supply to Kimberley’s high-lying areas and parts of Galeshewe for Sunday evening.

UPDATE: 12 April 2024 – 12:00

UPDATE: WORK AT GOGA PUMP, SITE OF MAJOR LEAK THAT THROTTLED SUPPLY TO THE NEWTON RESERVOIRS

Sol Plaatje Municipality’s Manager of the Budget Facility for Infrastructure Lucky Moyahi and Consulting Engineering company Bigen Africa’s Project Leader Rickus Rossouw provide an update on the repair work to be undertaken at Gogga Pump, the site of a collapse scour chamber.

UPDATE: 12 April 2024 – 09:00

RE-INTRODUCTION OF EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY

Residents affected by water outages are encouraged to call our Call Centre at Toll-Free 0801 229 010 or 053 832 4211.

Additional flatbeds are being deployed this morning to all the affected areas as part of our efforts of bolstering emergency supply. We will also ensure that JoJo running on empty are replenished.

WORK AT GOGA PUMP, SITE OF MAJOR LEAK THAT THROTTLED SUPPLY TO THE NEWTON RESERVOIRS

We have isolated the leak and excessive draining has been undertaken. Contractor is preparing site and equipment. Actual repair work still to unfold this morning.

The inconvenience is highly regretted.

Kind Regards,

Thabo Mothibi
Communications Unit
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: 11 April 2024 – 19:40

RE-INTRODUCTION OF EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY

Amid a major leak having occured at Goga Pump near Galeshewe, extensive Emergency Water Supply is being effected.

KIMBERLEY CBD AND SURROUNDING HIGH-LYING AREAS:

Deployment of roving water tankers in all the wards and placement of JoJo tanks to be retained at designated spots. Additional sites will be catered for.

GALESHEWE ROVING TANKERS AND JOJO PLACEMENT

Phutanang, Retswelele, Club 2000, Tlhageng, Ipeleng, Phomolong, Tswelelang, Tshwaraganang, John Daka 1 & 2, Kagisho and Platfontein.

Residents will be updated on the Goga Pump repair work which is envisaged to last 48 hours starting from tomorrow morning at 08h00.

The inconvenience is highly regretted.

Kind Regards,

Thabo Mothibi
Communications Unit
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: 11 April 2024 – 13:30

MAJOR LEAK DISCOVERED ON BULK WATER SUPPLY PIPELINE AT GOGA PUMP OUTSIDE OF GALESHEWE

The Sol Plaatje Municipality is experiencing excessive water losses due to a major leak from a scour valve in the Goga Pump area of Galeshewe. Municipal Manager Thapelo Matlala explains that this major leak is the source of the throttling of supply to the Newton Reservoirs.

Measures to follow will include closing the downstream and upstream isolation valves to allow for draining and immediate repairs. Tankering will be effected with immediate effect, especially in worst affected areas.

UPDATE: 11 April 2024 – 10:15

SOL PLAATJE MUNICIPALITY’S MUNICIPAL MANAGER THAPELO MATLALA PROVIDES UPDATE ON WATER SITUATION

The Municipal Manager Thapelo Matlala speaks into reasons behind Newton Reservoirs pumps not running and other bottlenecks being experienced in restoring full supply in the face of Riverton Treatment Plants producing 105 megaliters. This being the best since last September.

Emergency Water Supply

A number of high-lying areas have been affected by low-pressure to a complete water outage for which we profusely wish to apologise for. Tankering will be intensified in the affected areas.

Detailed information to follow.

UPDATE: 11 April 2024 – 07:50

Good morning, Residents

I can confirm both pumps are off at Newton Reservoir.

There has been no official communication as to the cause, or why it was not possible to stick to the plan released last night.

We will try to get you answers.

Regards
Chris Whittaker
Ward 24

UPDATE: 10 April 2024 – 22:00

UPDATE ON WATER SUPPLY

Riverton Water Treatment Plant

We are still pumping with three pumps from the Riverton Treatment Plant at full capacity.

Matters Concerning The Bulk Water Supply Network

Our efforts to eliminate bottlencks are well underway. At 20h00, we closed all the take-offs to the low-lying areas feeding directly off the main supply line. This in an effort to once again ramp up supply to the Newton Reservoirs.

Restoration of supply To Low-Lying Areas

Supply to Galeshewe, Roodepan and Platfontein will be reinstated at 04h00 tomorrow morning.

High-Lying Areas Supply From Newton Reservoirs

Water supply to Kimberley CBD and neighbouring high-lying areas will also commence tomorrow morning at 04h00.

Improvement

Amid all the repair and refurbishment work undertaken during the Planned Water Supply Interruption, we are pleased tio inform the public that water pressure in the supply line has significantly improved as evidenced in the video supporting this communique

In The Video: Scour valve on 600mm diameter pipe opened in vicinity of Homevale at 16h00 this afternoon, serves to confirm that pressure is building up towards the Newton Reservoirs

We will continue to gradually replenish the network and interrupt supply after the short reprieve. Our efforts are aimed at ensuring the reservoirs are replenished to meet the supply demand.

Emergency Water Supply

We have recalled our internal flatbed trucks to supply the water starved high lying areas in town and encourage residents to be on the look out for these.

We are thankful for the patience so far and appeal that our residents bear with us whilst we are restoring full uninterrupted supply.

Kind Regards,

Thabo Mothibi
Communications Unit
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: 10 April 2024 – 19:00

UPDATE ON WATER SUPPLY

Riverton Water Treatment Plant

We have put three pumps into operation and we are now producing and pumping at full capacity.

Matters Concerning The Bulk Water Supply Network

In our efforts of embarking on a final assessment of the system and eliminating bottlenecks, we have had to implement supply interruptions. These include the measures hereunder for the evening into the morning.

Supply To Low-Lying Areas

Supply to Galeshewe, Roodepan and Platfontein re-commenced at 18h00 when the off-takes were opened. Supply will be interrupted at 20h00 so pumping to the Newton Reservoirs can be ramped up.

High-Lying Areas Supply From Newton Reservoirs

Water supply to Kimberley CBD and neighbouring high-lying areas will commence tommorow morning at 04h00.

Current Challenge At Hand

Amid all the repair and refurbishment work undertaken during the Planned Water Supply Interruption, we would like to point out the following:

1. The water distribution network had been completely depleted and we now have to gradually replenish the network and ensuring line filling is properly done;
2. Filling of the reservoirs to meet supply demand is critical and therefore throttling of supply is of importance; and
3. Attaining enough pressure to boost flow from the taps is also of priority.

We appeal for patience whilst we are performing this key balancing act and trust that our efforts in achieving uninterrupted water supply shall meet endorsement.

Kind Regards,

Thabo Mothibi
Communications Unit
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: 10 April 2024 – 09:00

UPDATE ON WATER SUPPLY – EFFECTING DAYTIME WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION TO ENHANCE STORAGE CAPACITY AT RESERVOIRS

The Riverton Water Treatment Plant has started to operate at full capacity this morning at 02h00 amid repair and refurbishment work done on the clarifiers at Treatment Plant 2.

We are now in a position to pump with at least two pumps at Riverton Plant to replenish the Newton Reservoirs in an effort to enhance our storage capacity and build sufficient pressure to pump with ease into the distribution network.

In an effort to achieve normal supply, a balancing act is required which will entail the effecting of an immediate Daytime Water Supply Interruption. This will be implemented today from 10h00 to 16h00.

Our Newton Reservoir levels are:

23 Mℓ Reservoir: 65% (11.07 ft)
45 Mℓ Reservoir: 10% (3 ft)
91 Mℓ Reservoir: 24% (4.11 ft)
102 Mℓ Reservoir: 66% (11.24 ft)

The above levels are not sufficient for supply and only permit for emergency supply.

We appeal for patience and trust that our efforts in achieving uninterrupted water supply shall meet endorsement.

Kind Regards,

Thabo Mothibi
Communications Unit
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: 10 April 2024 – 08:00

Many areas in Kimberley are currently experiencing little to no water pressure since Tuesday evening. Initially it was mentioned that apparently the water levels at Newton Reservoir were low and Newton was switched off.  This morning the issue has worsened and according to Sol Plaatje call centre, waterworks are struggling to get the pumps started to pump the water.  We are currently still waiting on an official notice from Sol Plaatje and as soon as, or if they send one, we will update all.

More on the Water Interruption here: https://www.kimberley.org.za/?p=38031

UPDATE: 2 April 2024 – 08:45

TEMPORARY WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTIONS IN ENTIRE GALESHEWE, HOMESTEAD, HOMEVALE, KIMDUSTRIA, HADISON PARK AND KESTELLHOF DUE TO BURST PIPES

》Sol Plaatje Municipality’s Waterworks teams are repairing burst pipes in Galeshewe’s Royal and Sediti Streets, Hendrik Van Der Bijl (Kimdustria), West Street (Kestellhof), Goffe Street (Hadison Park) and Barkley Road (Homestead/Homevale)

More updates to follow.

Kind Regards,

Thabo Mothibi
Communications Unit
Sol Plaatje Municipality

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