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WATER SHUTDOWN – 6-10 OCTOBER 2022 – UPDATES

UPDATE: 10 October 2022 – 09:45

Most areas have started receiving water already.

We Started Newton at 05H00am this morning we are filling the system gradually to minimize the possibility of burst pipes.

We are Currently running on full capacity from both Newton and Riverton. If there are any areas without water, the community should please inform us by contacting control room, so we can investigate why some parts are without water.

The distribution of water is still ongoing, tankers are still servicing some areas that are without water. Distribution of water will only end once all residents have been supplied with water.

T Riet
Comms

UPDATE: 9 October 2022 – 21:30

All repairs are now complete. The clarifiers #No5 and the cleaning of the 45 reservoir is still ongoing and doesn’t have an impact on the restoration of the water supply.

We have started Pumping at the Riverton plant, we are currently filling the line, once the line is filled we will then start opening for the areas , the areas getting direct feed from Riverton (Roodepan and Galeshewe) will be the first areas to have supply of water. Thereafter We will start pumping at 5am for the High lying areas (cbd/town areas).

Residents will see Water have a brownish color, which is caused by the rusted pipes and the mud from the repairs, residents are therefore urged to allow water to run from the taps for a minute or two to allow it to clear, and the fire hydrants around the city will be opened to allow the hydrants to release all the discolouration.

Residents are also urged to Open taps slowly to release the air from pipes to avoid bursts.

Distribution of water around the city is ongoing, the teams are working around the clock to ensure all wards are supplied with water until water is restored in all areas.

We want to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Sol Plaatje Municipality for their patience and understanding.

T Riet
Comms

UPDATE: 9 October 2022 – 20:00

All repairs are now complete. The clarifiers #No5 and the cleaning of the 45 reservoir is still ongoing and doesn’t have an impact on the restoration of the water supply.

Although we are encountering challenges to start the pumps, the technicians and electricians are currently on site to find where the fault is. Once they find the fault we will start pumping at the Riverton plant.

Distribution of water around the city is ongoing, the teams are working around the clock to ensure all wards are supplied with water until water is restored.

Update on progress is continuous

T Riet
Comms

UPDATE: 9 October 2022 – 14:45

All repairs are now complete. We are just awaiting the electricians so we can start pumping at the Riverton plant.

Distribution of water around the city is ongoing, the teams are working around the clock to ensure all wards are supplied with water.

Update on progress will follow.

T Riet
Comms

UPDATE: 9 October 2022 – 08:30

The repairs on sites are progressing well.

Yesterday we successfully completed 2 sites.

The repairs in Carrington Rd are also now complete.

The Valve on the 600 which is between Riverton and Mid station is being tightened. Installation of a distance piece on Roodepan take-off is proceeding well, and should be completed in due course.

The cleaning of reservoir 45 is ongoing, however it will not have an impact on the restoration of water.

The cleaning of Clarifier #5 is also still continuing , and this also doesn’t impact on water supply.

Emergency water distribution in all areas around the city is ongoing. We have distributed water tankers and jojo’s to most areas that requested water. The teams are currently also on site distributing water tankers and filling of empty Jojos in the various wards.

Further updates on progress will follow this afternoon.

T Riet
Comms

UPDATE: 8 October 2022 – 20:30

The repairs on the sites are still underway

Roodepan take off: The contractor has fixed the leak on the pipe, done with welding and new valve has been installed. Repairs at this site is complete.

Gogga: the mechanical team has completed all repairs. This site is complete with all repairs.

Riverton: the team is still busy with the cleaning of clarifier #No5

Newton Reservoir: the cleaning of reservoir 45 is continuing.

Emergency water distribution in all areas, we have already allocated water to the hospital, malls, chicken farm, tswelopele correctional facility, funerals , and all wards that requested water, the teams are busy distributing water tankers and the filling of Jojos in the various wards.

T Riet
Comms

UPDATE: 8 October 2022 – 14:00

The repairs on the sites are underway

Roodepan take off: The contractor after installing a valve, there was a small leak, and had to remove the new valve to repair the leak , they are currently welding the leaking pipe and should install the new right after.

Gogga: the internal mechanical team are busy with welding the last piece of the leaking pipe. Thereafter repair in this site will be complete

Riverton: the team is still busy with the cleaning of clarifier #No5

Newton Resevoir: the cleaning of resevoir 45 is continuing.

Emergency water distribution in all areas, we have already allocated water to the hospital, malls, chicken farm, tswelopele correctional facility, funerals , and all wards that requested water, the teams are still busy allocating the Jojos in the various wards.

Next progress update will follow this evening.

T Riet
Comms

UPDATE: 7 October 2022 – 20:00

There is good progress on the sites that were worked on today and we are on schedule.

Roodepan take off: The contractor has drained the excess water and the new valve has been replaced , they are currently bUsy with installing the distance piece

Gogga: the team have completed the draining of water and the contractor is currently busy with welding the pipe.

Riverton: the team is busy with the cleaning of the clarifiers.

*Newton Reservoir: team is currently busy with the repair of leaking pipes between the 4 dams.
*Cleaning of the reservation the 45 meg reservoir.

Emergency water distribution have started in the wards. We request residents to look after our resources as it hampers on service delivery.

Next Update on progress will be tomorrow morning.

T Riet
Comms

UPDATE: 7 October 2022 – 14:30

The repairs on the sites have resumed.

Roodepan take off: The contractor is busy with draining the excess water and once the area has dried up the new valve will be replaced.

Gogga: the internal mechanical teams are busy with repairs, they are draining water so they can replace the cracked welded shield and closing off the leak.

Riverton: the team is busy with the manifold.

Newton Reservoir: team has already drained the excess water and are currently busy with the repair of leaking pipes between the 4 dams.

Emergency water distribution has started in other areas, we have already allocated water to the Hospital; Malls, Chicken Farm, Tswelopele Correctional Facility and some of the funerals that requested water. The teams are busy allocating the Jojos in the wards.

Last progress update will follow this evening.

T Riet
Comms

UPDATE: 7 October 2022 – 07:00

We have successfully switched off water yesterday (Thu 6 Oct 2022) at 6pm, we are still busy to drain the system which will take about 2/3 hours.

Once that is done the actual work will start at some of the sites.

However we have resumed with the work at other sites and the mains, whilst we are waiting for the other sites to dry.

However the team is on target in terms of the schedule.

T Riet
Comms

UPDATE: 6 October 2022 – 18:54

We have now switched off Riverton and Newton Reservoirs at 6pm, we are now draining the system empty which takes quite a number of hours. Residents might currently experience low to no water pressure.

Emergency water supply arrangements are in place for all the wards around the city. We have roaming trucks that will distribute water in all wards, jojo tanks placed at various strategic points and we have dedicated tankers for the school hostels, hospitals and funerals.

T Riet
Comms

PLEASE NOTE: Remember to switch your geyser off at your DB board.
Also, turn off your main water stopcock/stopkraan before water is restored again as air can make your water meter run unnecessarily.

PLANNED TEMPORARY WATER SHUTDOWN – 6-10 OCTOBER 2022
UPDATE: 4 October 2022 – 10:26

Sol Plaatje Municipality will have a planned water interruption on the 6th October until the 10th October 2022 to repair more of the leaks which have a huge impact on water losses, including the R31 and N12 roads as well.

TIMEFRAME/SCHEDULE:
Thursday, 06th October 2022 at 6PM: Switch off Riverton, Newton and Drain the system empty (12-18 hours)
Friday to Sunday (07th October to 09th October 2022): Commence and proceed with repair works at various sites (24-30 hours)
Sunday 09th October 2022 at 18:00: Complete repairs, and recommission Riverton and pipelines (2-4 hours).
Sunday 09th October 2022, 22h00: Start refilling the line (6 to 8 hours, pipeline filling mode only).

TO RECAP: Water will be switched off on Thursday 6 Oct 2022 at 18h00 and if all goes well, water supply SHOULD be restored on Monday 10 Oct 2022.

WATER TANKERS & JOJO’s
Roaming Water Tankers will drive through in all wards to make sure all residents are serviced. Residents are urged to have their buckets/containers ready when the water tankers drive through. JOJO’s will also be placed nearby all police stations in wards, JOJO’s will also be made available at the following municipal service centres:
Newton Reservoir
Sol Plaatje Civic Centre
Emergency Services (Fire Station)

PLEASE NOTE: As in the past, there are external factors that can hamper the timeframe/schedule and also when water will be restored.

ROAD CLOSURES
The Sol Plaatje Municipality hereby gives notice that Cnr Waterworks & Jacobus Smit and Cnr Waterworks and Rogers Streets will be temporarily closed from Friday 7th October till Monday 10th October to allow the Municipality to work on the planned water interruption.

Motorists are requested to use alternative routes.

UPDATE: 29 September 2022 – 10:00

Kimberley receives its water supply from Riverton Water Purification Works (WPW), situated on the banks of the Vaal River. From 06 to 10 October 2022, Sol Plaatje Local Municipality (SPLM) will interrupt water supply to the entire Kimberley. This will be done by switching off Riverton WPW and Newton pump stations, closing valves on all reservoirs and draining the bulk water supply network.

Planned work for the water interruption include the following activities: 

  • Repairing leaks at Riverton WPW,
  • Repairing leaks on the 900mm and 600mm diameter bulk pipes from Riverton WPW to Mid-station,
  • Repairing leaks at Mid-station,
  • Repairing leaks on 600mm diameter pipeline between Mid-station and Newton Reservoirs (southern side),
  • Repairing leaks on the 965mm diameter pipeline, between Mid-station and Newton Reservoirs (northern side),
  • Addressing leaks at Newton Reservoir Complex, and
  • Addressing major leaks, and valve replacements on the internal distribution.

For the execution of this water infrastructure maintenance operation, the following schedule has been drawn, to outline sequence of activities from start to finish, and reinstatement of water supply:

Thursday, 06th October 2022 at 6PM: Switch off Riverton, Newton and Drain the system empty (12-18 hours)
Friday to Sunday (07th October to 09th October 2022): Commence and proceed with repair works at various sites (24-30 hours)
Sunday 09th October 2022 at 18:00: Complete repairs, and recommission Riverton and pipelines (2-4 hours).
Sunday 09th October 2022, 22h00: Start refilling the line (6 to 8 hours, pipeline filling mode only).

We anticipate water to be restored on Monday morning the 10th October 2022.

WATER TANKERS & JOJO’s
Roaming Water Tankers will drive through in all wards to make sure all residents are serviced. Residents are urged to have their buckets/containers ready when the water tankers drive through. JOJO’s will also be placed nearby all police stations in wards, JOJO’s will also be made available at the following municipal service centres:
• Newton Reservoir
• Sol Plaatje Civic Centre
• Emergency Services (Fire Station)

UPDATE: 14 September 2022 – 10:27

The Sol Plaatje Municipality will have a planned water interruption on the 6th October until the 10th October 2022. The reason for this interruption is to repair more of the leaks which have a huge impact on water losses, including the R31 and N12 roads as well.

More detailed information will be communicated to the residents in due course.

T Riet
Comms

 

 

 

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