Overflowing ‘torrent’ irks locals
24 November 2008
By Michelle Jones
The inlet valve to an overflowing Simon’s Town reservoir has been closed following numerous complaints of water running through the area below it.
Farouk Robertson, spokesperson for the City of Cape Town’s water and sanitation department, said the flow into the reservoir had been stopped.
Workers were at the site on Sunday to close the cross-connections that would prevent further overflow.
The reservoir’s telemetry system that automatically measured water levels and which would have prevented the overflow, had recently been “knocked out” by lightning, Robertson said.
A Simon’s Town woman, who asked not to be named, said a “raging torrent” had been running down Highlands Lane since late on Friday night.
The pedestrian lane ran between her house and another and had a gutter on one side. At the bottom of the lane, the water was channelled underground and into False Bay.
The South African Navy used the water from the reservoir, but had stopped drawing it while it tested it, Robertson said.
Because of the minimal draw on the reservoir, it filled and overflowed, Robertson said.
When the navy again required water, the valve would be reopened.
The woman said that when she first heard the water running past her home, she thought it was “pouring with rain”.
She and her neighbours had assumed the reservoir wall had burst.
Robertson said he could not estimate the amount of water lost, but the reservoir held “thousands” of litres.
“Our main purpose is to keep reservoirs charged to supply water to the area.
“It is a most unfortunate situation that we had.”
* This article was originally published on page 4 of The Cape Times on November 24, 2008