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Update On The Shutdown Of The Northern Aqueduct Pipeline

Date: 2024-02-28 15:49:17

Update On The Shutdown Of The Northern Aqueduct Pipeline

28 FEBRUARY 2024

 Technical teams from the City’s Water and Sanitation Unit worked through the night to install new air valves on a section of the Northern Aqueduct Pipeline since the shutdown was implemented last night.

 The work being undertaken on the pipeline is on track and is expected to be completed by this afternoon, 28 February at 5pm.

 Thereafter, charging of the pipeline to fill up reservoirs will commence. This will be done while the outlets remain closed.

Once storage levels are sufficient on the 320 megalitre reservoirs when combined, outlets will be opened to release water supply to customers.

 However, it must be noted that the recovery period varies depending on water consumption patterns of customers.

 To-date, the City has installed more than 70 air valves as part of replacement programme to improve efficiency of water flow and to increase pressure within the Northern Aqueduct. This has cost approximately R7 million.

 The City remains committed to improving water supply to affected communities and various interventions will continue to be explored as we are not out of the woods yet.

 Other interventions include the use of technology to detect leaks, with this process already underway as well as the installation of pressure logging equipment.

For more information regarding water supply, the public can download eThekwini Municipality’s Mobile App to log faults or send a WhatsApp to 073 148 3477.

Alternatively, call the toll-free number on 080 311 1111 or email

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communication Unit.