Cape Town Prepares for Essential Utility Upgrades: 14-Hour Power and 10-Hour Water Disruptions Announced

Source: City of Cape Town
Source: City of Cape Town

Cape Town residents should prepare for significant utility disruptions as the City of Cape Town undertakes crucial infrastructure upgrades. Scheduled maintenance will result in both electricity and water supply interruptions on Tuesday, June 4, and other specified dates.

The City of Cape Town Electricity Generation and Distribution Department will conduct vital upgrades to the Newlands Main Substation. This necessary work will cause a 14-hour power outage from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 4. An additional maintenance session is planned for Thursday, June 13.

Affected area: Newlands
– Power may be restored at any time during the outage period, so residents should treat all electrical installations as live.

– To avoid damage from power surges, it is advised to switch off all appliances as a precaution.

– If the power is not restored within the scheduled timeframe, residents should check official communication channels, including the municipality’s social media or contact the call centre, before logging a service request.

The City assures residents that teams will work swiftly to complete the upgrades within the announced times.

In addition to the electricity maintenance, a 10-hour water supply disruption is scheduled due to essential work by the Water and Sanitation Directorate. This maintenance includes zero-pressure tests (ZPT) and conditional assessments.

Scheduled Maintenance:

– Tuesday, June 4: Polkadraai and Zevenwacht – Blackheath, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

– Wednesday, June 5: Joe Slovo, Phoenix, Centurion Business Park – Milnerton, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

– Thursday, June 6: Voelvlei, Sarepta, Oakdene, Kalkfontein, Gersham – Kuils River, and Bizweni – Somerset West, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Preparation Tips:

– Store enough drinking water in clean, sealed containers for use during the disruption.

– Water tankers will be available in affected areas to provide water for domestic consumption.

The City of Cape Town appreciates residents’ cooperation and understanding as these critical infrastructure upgrades are undertaken to ensure the reliability and efficiency of utility services in the future.

Stay informed by following official updates and prepare adequately for these temporary disruptions to minimize inconvenience.