Residents of Tokai and Klein Constantia woke up to a Wednesday with a twist – an unplanned water outage.
Tokai water outage: Here’s everything we know
The City of Cape Town confirmed that a 400mm diameter main water supply pipeline burst on Tuesday, leaving taps dry and spirits dampened.
The culprit? A mischievous section of the pipeline that couldn’t hold its water any longer. City officials reported that their teams have been working tirelessly through the night, implementing a steel pipe to bridge the gap.
This ‘steel resolve’ is extending to accommodate a coupling, which will play a matchmaker by connecting the new pipe to the existing infrastructure.
Residents affected by this unplanned water fast are those located from Spaanschemat Road towards Tokai.
In a statement, the city reassured that they are “working around the clock” and will notify the community as soon as the connection has been completed.
In the meantime, a water tanker has been stationed outside Virgin Active on Constantia Main Road, serving as a hydration hub for domestic use.
Remember, it’s just like a water cooler at the office but without the gossip.
Locals are advised to keep their taps closed during the shutdown. Why? To prevent an unexpected indoor pool party when the supply is restored, of course.
This measure also helps to avoid unnecessary water loss – a precious commodity in the Mother City.
While the city does its part, residents are encouraged to be water-wise. Boil your water before use, stock up on the essentials, and maybe skip that 40-minute shower you were planning.
Cape Town, known for its previous water crises, has become a global example of water conservation and resilience. Yet, the city’s ageing infrastructure occasionally throws a curveball, like today’s outage, underscoring the need for continuous upgrades and community cooperation.