City of Cape Town warns of water supply interruption in Central areas

City of Cape Town warns of water supply interruption in Central areas

City’s pipeline assessment for emergency Cape Town Harbour desalination plant to get under way


Today I visited sections of the main water supply pipeline in Paarden Eiland which feeds water into the Cape Town central area and surrounds.

From the evening, of 10 November at 22:00, the City’s Water and Sanitation Management Department will be undertaking a pipeline condition assessment in preparation for the Cape Town Harbour desalination plant which forms part of our emergency supply schemes.

This assessment will look at a stretch of 2 km of pipeline and will evaluate and prepare it for the connection of the desalination plant into the bulk water main. This involves assessing the valves and general conditions of the pipeline.

This is a necessity to prepare and ensure that the water coming from the desalination plant can reach the bulk water system safely and securely.

In order to do this, the City has to reduce the water pressure to some areas.

We are doing everything possible on our side to ensure that the water-saving efforts of 51% of our water users have not gone to waste. Thank you Team Cape Town for saving. Please help us to get all water users on board to save while the City works on supply plans.

For the 12-hour period that this assessment work will take place from 22:00 on 10 November, areas which will be affected by reduced water pressure include Maitland, Parden Eiland, Cape Town Harbour (Transnet), Lower Woodstock, the Cape Town CBD and possibly Green Point and Sea Point.

Some affected areas will experience low water pressure for the duration of the operation. A water supply cut may occur only in an emergency or unforeseen situation.

The City’s teams have carefully planned this exercise to ensure that as few areas as possible are affected for the shortest possible time.

We thank residents for their understanding as this is an absolutely necessary exercise to allow us to bring additional water into our supply system.

The sacrifice that residents in the affected areas will be making for this period of time is to allow progress with our plans to secure up to 50 million litres per day from the Cape Town harbour desalination plant.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but this is a necessary step in the City’s efforts to beat this drought with your help.

We thank you for your support and understanding, Team Cape Town.”

An online toolkit has been developed with various resources for all to use to help us to drive this message. Please see our website,, to access material that you may require. This toolkit will be updated regularly.

For information on how to meet the daily water usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: and utilise our water calculator:

Residents can contact the City via email to for queries about the water pressure reduction, or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts), or they can send an SMS to 31373.