Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 04 Oct 2011
The water supply to houses in Kimberley will be cut for the next two nights to help restore reservoir water levels, the Sol Plaatje municipality said on Wednesday.
“The exercise is only preventative and the decision to conduct the shutdown at night was to reduce the impact on the residents,” said municipal spokesperson Sello Matsie.
He said the controlled water supply shutdown was to restore water levels at the Newton reservoirs.
“We would like to indicate that there is supply to the entire city at the moment.”
Matsie said the controlled shutdown would be from 20:00 on Wednesday until 05:00 on Thursday.
The process would be repeated from Thursday night to Friday morning.
The shutdowns would help the municipality restore the water levels at the reservoirs to a comfortable level for a continued supply to residents.
Matsie said the municipality had also decided to restart an old water treatment plant in Riverton to improve the bulk supply capacity of the Sol Plaatje area.
“The refurbishments at the plant will be stepped up at the same time.”
The Riverton water plant would add an immediate 27 megalitres a day to the city’s water supply.
Once the plant was fully operational, this figure would climb to 54 megalitres a day.
Matsie said residents would be notified when the water levels in the reservoirs had been restored.