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POSTPONED – PLANNED WATER INTERRUPTION – 4-7 MAY 2023

PLANNED WATER INTERRUPTION POSTPONED

UPDATE: 4 May 2023 – 14:17

As per council resolution, please note that the water interruption scheduled for this weekend (4-7 May 2023) has been postponed until further notice.
Further communication will follow.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

ISSUED BY:
THOKO RIET
ACTING COMMS MANAGER
053 8306721/40
082 923 1465

UPDATE: 3 May 2023 – 14:28

The planned water interruption will take place on Thursday evening at 20:00 on the 04th May, until Sunday evening at 18:00 the 07th May 2023.
Roaming tankers, flatbed trucks equipped with jojo tanks will be made available to residents at the specific sites.

There will be dedicated water Tankers for funerals, old age homes, hospitals and school hostels.

Water points for containers Will be available at Newton Resevoir area, Resevoir Rd, Civic centre and Police stations in Roodepan, Galeshewe ans Phakamile Mabija Str.

Residents are requested to also be on the lookout on the vandalising and theft of Jojos. If there’s any suspicion they can report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.

Contact details for the various coordinators will also be shared across all our platforms.

We urge residents to also make adequate supply provision to carry them through the duration of the interruption.

T Riet
Comms

PLEASE DISREGARD PREVIOUS UPDATE STATING A DIFFERENT COMMENCEMENT TIME OF THE SHUTDOWN.

UPDATE: 3 May 2023 – 13:00

There appears to be a time confusion as to when the Water Shutdown would take place on Thursday 4 May 2023. We have just received confirmation now from a reliable source that the commencement time of the shutdown is 18:00 (6pm) and not 20:00 (8pm) anymore as previously communicated. We will however keep tabs on this and if any changes arise again, we will post out another update.

The current correct time is from Thursday, 4 May 2023 at 18:00pm until Sunday 7 May 2023 at 18:00pm.

Source Info from this Document:

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UPDATE: 3 May 2023 – 07:53

Work to be undertaken is part of activities on the BFI Funded programme. In order to undertake upgrades and improvements necessary on the main supply pipelines, an assessment of visible and invisible leaks is required. Assessment of invisible leaks will be done using the “Smart-ball Technology.

The main purpose of the scheduled water interruption is to effect repairs to visible leaks, and to replace dysfunctional valves on the 965mm and 600mm bulk water pipelines.

The interruption will also present an opportunity to do repair of leaks on the reticulation network, and to clean clarifiers at Riverton (floods effect).

Repair of leaks at Newton Reservoir Complex will also be attended to during the scheduled interruption.

SCOPE OF WORKS (Sites and Activities)

Main Contractor for Main Works: Bigen Group, with their Sub-contractors

Bulk Pipe line:

  • Replacement of dysfunctional gate valves for air regulating valves (6 sites)
  • Retrieval of “misplaced smart-ball” in Riverton
  • Repair or replacement of dysfunctional butterfly valves at Mid-station Cross-Connection
  • Replacement of a leaking 600mm Isolation, before Riverton and Mid-station

Newton Reservoir Complex:

  • Leaks repairs at Newton Reservoir Complex

Riverton WPW:

  • Repairs on 600 pipe, next to Pump Station
  • Repair leak on manifold, of new pump station
  • Cleaning of Clarifier #5 and 6

Waterworks Teams:

  • Replacement of 14 isolating valves in the network
  • Repairs of major leaks in the network

    PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE TIME SCHEDULE COULD CHANGE BASED ON THE WORK AND IF ANY UNFORESEEN ISSUES ARE ENCOUNTERED.

    Emergency Water Supply Arrangements

    • 37 Water Tankers (mainly flat-beds equipped with Jojo tanks) will be allocated at specific sites, covering all areas or zones
    • 5 Water Tankers dedicated to funerals, Old-Age Homes, hostels and hospitals as always.
    • There are approximately 200 Jojo tanks in informal settlements: Will be filled as always.
    Water points for containers will be available:
    • Newton Reservoir area (Waterworks Street),
    • Up street of Reservoir Road (New park)
    • Emergency Services site (Civic Centre)
    • Police Stations in Roodepan, Galeshewe and Phakamile Mabija Street

    UPDATE: 26 April 2023 – 10:13

    In order to undertake the upgrades and improvements necessary on the main supply pipelines, a smartball exercise needs to be undertaken, which is a technology used to establish leakages in a water pipeline. A water interruption is required to replace these dysfunctional isolation valves as preparatory work at both Riverton Plant and Newton Eeservoir. This will also include a number of projects that will help improve the Municipality’s water security.

    The Municipality will therefore have a planned water interruption for the entire city from Thursday evening @ 20:00 the 04th May until 18:00pm on the 07th May 2023.

    In the long term this exercise marks the beginning of a huge improvement in the water quality and water supply assurance to the Municipality.

    Roaming tankers and flatbed trucks will be made available to residents, the plans and placement of Jojos will be communicated.

    We urge residents to also make adequate supply provision to carry them through the duration of the interruption.

    T Riet
    Comms

    UPDATE: 13 April 2023 – 17:11

    Water Interruption Rescheduled

    Due to the Islamic celebration of the Eid festival , and the city is hosting the Wildeklawer school sports weekend during the weekend of the initial water interruption which was supposed to have been on the 21-23 April 2023.

    Due to these events, The Municipality has therefore moved the water interruption for the entire city from 06:00am on Friday 05th May until 18:00pm the 07th May 2023.

    Further communication will follow in terms of plans in place.

    T Riet
    Comms

    UPDATE: 5 April 2023 – 17:15

    In order to undertake the upgrades and improvements necessary on the main supply pipelines, a Smartball exercise needs to be undertaken, which is a technology used to establish leakages in a water pipeline. The Smartball Leak detection on the Bulk line commenced in November 2022, but could not be concluded due to some of the dysfunctional isolation valves in the main water supply pipelines.

    As a result that this exercise was not completed, a shutdown is required to replace these dysfunctional isolation valves as preparatory work to facilitate the completion of the Smart ball investigation, which is planned for May 2023. At the same time, bulk water meter insertion probes will also be installed on the 600 and 900mm bulk pipelines to enable water loss measurements on the bulk water supply.

    SHUTDOWN
    The water interruption will take place on Friday, 21 April 2023 at 06:00am until Sunday 23 April 2023 at
    18:00pm.
    This will provide the Municipality with enough time to fully drain the affected pipe sections, undertake the repairs and restore the water supply to all communities.

    This exercise marks the beginning of a huge improvement in the water quality and water supply assurance to the Municipality for the future.

    Further information regarding the placement of roaming water tankers and JOJO Tanks, which will be placed in various wards will be communicated.

    Above edited extract from Thoko Riet

    Unedited Sol Plaatje Media Release

     

     

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