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“It is anticipated that this will take a few hours. During this exercise, the entire new pump station will be brought into full operation and we will migrate fully from the old pump station.”

File picture: Oupa Mokoena

NIGHTLY water shutdowns are expected to continue in Kimberley with preparations to commission the new high-lift pump station set to get under way from tomorrow.

Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson Sello Matsie said yesterday that since the last water shutdown the water levels at the Newton Reservoir had not fully recovered, although they were improving. “As a result, we will continue with the nightly water shutdowns until the levels in the reservoirs are safe (14ft at least).”

Matsie stated further that the previous water shutdown had assisted the municipality in connecting the new pump station and currently full testing of the new electrical and mechanical installations is under way.

“As part of preparations for the commissioning of the new high-lift pump stations at Riverton, pumping to Newton will be stopped tomorrow for about three hours to allow the electrical contractor to switch over the power supply to the motor control centre (MCC),” Matsie said. He added that no water interruption was expected.

“On Thursday, there will be another switchover of the transformers. Pumping will be stopped for about six hours, to allow for the safe execution of the exercise. We should be able to continue to pump through the 900mm pipeline. However, if safety cannot be guaranteed, all pumps will be switched off during this operation.”

He added that once this exercise has been completed, there would be no further water shutdowns until the connection of the pump station to the 900mm pipeline, which is scheduled for the first week of September.

“It is anticipated that this will take a few hours. During this exercise, the entire new pump station will be brought into full operation and we will migrate fully from the old pump station.”

– Staff Reporter