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TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION 24-27 JUNE 2021

UPDATE: Sunday 27 June 2021 – 18:30

We would like to advise that we regret the current inconvenience. So far the filling of the bulk supply lines is in full swing and we have changed pumping at Riverton Purification Plant to normal operational mode. Unfortunately due to both pipelines being empty, it has taken up more time than we anticipated to recharge the bulk supply lines. However, we will be opening the reticulation network to resume water supply to the entire City. Taps should start being operational within today. The delay is regretful. Thanks.

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: Sunday 27 June 2021 – 08:30

The very last of  installations on the bulk supply line of 600mm next to Roodepan have been completed. The contractor is tightening up screws while the  Waterworks teams have started opening isolating valves and scourer valves. Riverton purification has been switched on, and line filling will commence in due course. Once both lines have been fully charged, opening of water will start and all Areas will start receiving water supply. The Sol Plaatje Municipality would once more would like to thank you all for your cooperation. 

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: Saturday 26 June 2021 – 20:00

We have concluded work at most of the areas.

The following has been completed at 7pm Saturday afternoon,

On the 965mm pipeline the following has been completed;

The two leaks on the R31 behind soul city are completed.

The two leaks behind gogga pump station are completed.

The repair of three leaks on 965mm behind 3 SAI military base are completed.

The work on the bypass pipes and  air valve on 965mm behind Gariep Medi- Clinic has been completed.

Gogga Pump- the repair of scour valve and replacement of the air valve on 965mm has been completed.

The Sunset Manor repair work on the scour valve on 965mm pipe is complete.

The scour valve on the 965mm near Riverton has been repaired.

On the 600mm pipe the following has been completed;

The Replacement
of the air valve on the 600mm pipe near khumba Skate park is complete.

Repair of three leaks on the 600mm pipe line near Roodepan has been completed.

The work at the Roodepan take-off interlink between the two 600mm pipes is currently underway, this is the only one outstanding.

The next process will be to start up the Pumps at Riverton Purification Plant to fill the bulk supply lines and the reticulation network of the entire city. This will take some time though. The teams will also monitor areas where replacement and repair work took place to check for any possible challenges. Once the system is full to capacity, we will slowly open up valves to start supplying water to all areas.  The Sol Plaatje Municipality would like to thank all for your cooperation. 

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality


 

UPDATE: Saturday 26 June 2021 – 13:00

The teams have continued overnight to make progress on the work being carried out. The total number of twenty eight areas are being worked on, while others have been completed. Some of the air valves have been replaced, including the scour valves. Similarly, some of the leaks have been repaired. Work continues as part of the entire project.

We have about 200 Jojo Water Tanks that have been distributed throughout the city. Sadly we have about five Jojo Water Tanks that have been deliberately damaged in Homestead, De Beers and Florianville Areas. Mobile Water Tankers are being used to service all identified areas. We call all the community to really assist in the safe guarding of these facilities. Thanks.

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: Friday 25 June 2021 – 20:00

Water in the pipelines has subsided after the Interruption of the water supply last night allowing the teams to continue work in the different areas.

Two of the four leaks on the 965mm pipe along the R31 road has been repaired today.
The teams will continue to work throughout the night. As stated earlier, the focus is on replacing the air and scour valves as well as repairing some of the leaks.

The repair on one of the major leaks, near the Roodepan take-off on the 600mm pipe has also commenced, with the replacement of a 600mm bend on the interlink between the two pipes.

The repair on the scour valve behind Sunset Manor in Roodepan has also commenced.

Of the intended replacement of air valves on the main lines, the one behind Supermix has already been completed, and the rest of the air valve replacements will continue tomorrow.

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality

UPDATE: Friday 25 June 2021 – 13:30

Water was switched off successfully last night (Thu 24 June 2021) and the scheduled planned maintenance work commenced accordingly. All six contractors including municipal teams are working at the different areas. The teams are replacing Air valves, Scour valves and repairing leaks. Jojo tanks are being placed at predetermined areas. Further updates will be provided as work continues

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality

PLANNED MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS ON THE BULK PIPELINES: WE ARE READY
UPDATE: Thursday 24 June 2021 – 16:30

Residents of the City, Businesses and Educational facilities are notified once more that it’s all system go for the maintenance work on the bulk water pipeline that supplies the City of Kimberley.

We would like to remind all, to keep enough water for the duration. Due to the prolonged water supply interruption, all areas will be supplied with Jojo tanks as from this morning. Mobile Water Tankers will also be assisting to alleviate the situation. Families having funerals are advised to keep contact with our Call Center at the number 053 830 6111.

The actual technical work will be the replacement of fifteen air valves on the two bulk lines and the repairs of thirteen leaks. This will be executed by municipal employees and external contractors. Thanks

Sello Matsie
Spokesperson
Sol Plaatje Municipality


 

PLANNED MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS ON THE BULK PIPELINES FROM RIVERTON AND ON THE NETWORK RETICULATION

Residents of the City are advised of a planned Water Supply Interruption for the entire city from 24th June 2021 (Thursday night) to 27th June 2021 (early Sunday morning). The objective is to enhance security of water supply to the community and its surrounding areas.

Please note that to enable the various teams to conduct these repairs and replacing air valves on the bulk supply line; this will result in supply interruption. We humbly request the community to keep adequate water for use during this period. As part of our contingency preparations, several water tankers and Jojo tanks will be provided to the different Wards. Businesses, Schools and hospitals are requested to similarly ensure adequate supply. Families in bereavement should contact our Call Center for assistance.The Municipality will provide regular updates on progress. The levels at Newton Reservoir will be kept at maximum to ensure supply is restored after the work is complete.

The upcoming inconvenience is regrettable.

Regards
Sello Matsie
Sol Plaatje Spokesperson

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF WATER TANK LOCATIONS DURING THE TEMPORARY INTERRUPTION

PLANNED SCOPE OF REPAIRS:

Please Note there are various external factors and variables that could impact the below planned schedule.

 

24th June 2021:
Switch off Riverton, Newton and Drain the system empty (12 hours).
We are ready
Reservoirs are almost full already
Public consultation in advanced stage
Business, Community Groups, OTP and MEC’s engaged


25th June 2021:
Commence with repair works at various sites (24 hours).
We are ready, resources have been lined up accordingly

 

26th June 2021:
Complete repairs, and recommission (12 hours).

Mission shall be accomplished on time as scheduled.

27th June 2021:
Water is restored in the City (mission accomplished).
 

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