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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department continues the roll-out of pressure management technology to various parts of the water supply network to ensure that Cape Town uses as little water as possible. Pressure management will continue in the city despite the lowering of restrictions. However, there will be slight relief in this regard. We thank residents for their cooperation in reducing water consumption thus far, and regret any inconvenience this will cause. Read more below:

Pressure-related work / zero pressure testing will be taking place as follows:

  • 7 November 2018:  Bellville Park and Upper Oakdale from 18:30 – 00:00

Not only does pressure management generally lower consumption by reducing the rate at which water flows to properties, it also reduces leaks and pipe bursts by better ensuring that pressure remains within levels that the pipework can tolerate, and reduces the rate of loss from leaks and bursts.

Tips for pressure management

  • Please store only up to 10 litres of water for essential usage if required. Residents are urged not to stockpile large volumes of municipal water. This is because, if there are any significant service interruptions, they are not expected to be in effect for long periods
  • Please also keep taps closed to prevent water damage in the event of water being restored after a disruption
  • Do water-intensive activities such as laundry in non-peak hours, i.e. not between 06:00 and 08:00 in the mornings or between 18:00 and 20:00 in the evenings

Please always check with your neighbours whether they too are experiencing low water pressure or intermittent supply disruptions as this would in all likelihood be pressure-related. If the problem persists for an unreasonable period of time, please send an email to or call 0860 103 089, WhatsApp 063 407 3699 or SMS 31373 (max of 160 characters).

Please visit for all water-related information and follow for specific pressure management information.

At all times careful consideration will be given to ensure minimal disruption to the water supply. The City regrets any inconvenience caused.

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