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South Africa’s Capital Faces Massive 30-Hour Water Outage in August



Tshwane will undergo a water outage in August

Tshwane will undergo a water outage in August as Rand Water plans to cut off the water supply to large parts of the city.

Initially scheduled for Sunday, 30 July, Rand Water rescheduled the maintenance for Tuesday, 15 August, starting at 05h00 and lasting until Wednesday, 16 August, at 11h00, according to BusinessTech.

The shutdown will last 30 hours, but Rand Water warns that it may take up to two weeks for the system to stabilise after the maintenance.

The utility’s team will use this opportunity to repair leaks at the Zuikerbosch Water Treatment Plant and replace defective valves at Palmiet Booster Station.

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During the shutdown period, the Klipriviersberg, Klipfontein, Brakfontein, and Hartebeesthoek reservoirs will be affected as Rand Water will reduce the pumping capacity at Palmiet Booster Station to 75%.

In preparation for the outage, the City of Tshwane urges residents to conserve water by refraining from watering gardens, washing cars, cleaning driveways or pavements with hosepipes, filling swimming pools, and flushing toilets only when necessary. They are also encouraged to close running taps while brushing their teeth and to reduce daily water usage as much as possible.

The water outage will impact several areas and reservoirs in Tshwane. Tshwane has advised residents in these regions to take necessary precautions during maintenance.

Tshwane residents are requested to plan accordingly and implement water-saving measures to minimise the impact of the temporary outage.

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