CoCT doubles water and sewer pipe replacement in August

The City of Cape Town successfully replaced nearly 17 000m of water and sewer pipes over the past month. This is part of the Water and Sanitation Directorate’s proactive infrastructure maintenance and upgrade programme which ensures the future continuity of water supply and conveyance of sewage via the different reticulation systems.

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August saw major work completed to rehabilitate the City’s water and sewer pipe infrastructure. In total for the month, 9 545m of water pipes and 6 952m of sewer pipes were replaced. This is double the amount of both water and sewer pipe replacement for July.

This work has taken place across several communities in Cape Town, including Melkbos, Atlantis, Table View, Athlone and Bellville. 

In Bellville, 3 949m of water pipes were replaced while 1 136m sewer pipes were replaced in Athlone for August.

Pipe replacement is part of the City’s strategy to bring down sewer spills and address the issue of unaccounted for water.

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Over the past financial year, the City spent R443,4 million on water and sewer pipe rehabilitation to improve the lives of Cape Town’s residents.

Over the new financial year, from July 2023 to June 2024, the City has budgeted a total of R863,6 million to invest in water and sewer pipe replacements city-wide

‘Cape Town is massively raising its investment in critical basic services infrastructure to lay the foundation for economic growth,’ said Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation.

‘While long-term infrastructure planning has always been in place, the City’s R120bn 10-year infrastructure portfolio represents a refined pipeline of planned projects and raised ambitions for investment.’ 

‘The City regrets any inconvenience caused when this work takes place in various areas over the coming months. It is however necessary to better cater to the residents’ water and sanitation needs.’

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Picture: Supplied / City of Cape Town

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