19 February INTERRUPTION OF ELECTRICITY SUPPLY : CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (CBD) February 19, 2018 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Please be advised that electricity supply will be interrupted to consumers supplied by the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in Central Business District (CBD) from 06h00 to 16h00 on Sunday, 25 February 2018. The purpose of the interruption is for BCMM to replace existing 11 KV Panels with a new 5P Eaton Unit at Buffalo Street Substation. The boundaries for this outage are as follows : In the North : Caxton Street In the South : Fleet Street In the East : Oxford Street In the West : Gillwell Road As the power may be restored at any time between these hours, consumers are warned to treat all apparatus as being live throughout the whole period. It is strongly recommended that all non-essential appliances be switched off or disconnected from the supply during this period in order to prevent damages thereto when the supply is restored. Related Interruption of electricity supply: Cambridge West The alternative date for this outage is Thursday, 15 March 2018 The purpose of the interruption is for BCMM to carry out maintenance at Roads Camp Mini-Substation, Fairland’s Switching Chamber and Vian Road Mini-Substation. The boundaries for the outage are as follows: In the North: Plover Road/ Egret Road In the South: Fairland’s Senior Citizens Home In the East: Grebe Road In the West: Bradley Road/ Churchill Road As the power may be restored at any time between these hours, consumers are warned to treat all apparatus as being live throughout the whole period. It is strongly recommended that all non-essential appliances be switched off or disconnected from the supply during this period in order to prevent damages thereto when the supply is restored. Interruption of Electricity Supply in Zwelitsha The interruption will start from 07h00 to 17h00 on the following dates (alternate dates): v Thursday, January 19 - January, 20 v Tuesday, January 24 - January, 25 v Thursday, January 26 - January, 27 v Tuesday, January 31 - February, 1 Areas that will be affected by the upgrades are partial areas of Zone 1, 2, 3, and 6 per street of transformer area. BCMM is further warning users to treat all apparatus as live throughout the whole period as power may be restored any time during these hours. It is strongly recommended that all non-essential appliances be disconnected from the supply during this period to prevent any damages that may be incurred. Water Supply Interruptions The intermittent water supply also affects Ilitha, Berlin and it’s rural villages as Laing System combines with Mdantsane system at Damspot reservoir. The critical low reservoir levels in Mdantsane are expected to continue up to the end of February 2016, this may result in intermittent water supply in some of the Mdantsane areas especially Zone 13,14,15,16,17,18 and Potsdam Unit P. Consumers are therefore requested to conserve the little water that we have, repair their internal leaks and report any suspected municipal water leaks to the municipality at 043 705 9861 and 043 705 3150 after hours. Consumers are also advised to always keep at least 25 litres of water for emergency purposes and use the same water for washing dishes, bathing etc, if there is no interruption to the water supply. The municipality is doing everything possible to minimise the water interruptions until the problem is permanently resolved. The municipality is currently upgrading Mdantsane Pump station at Mzonyana Water Treatments Works, which will permanently resolve the water supply challenges to Mdantsane,Needscamp,Ncera villages, Kuni 1, Thembisa, Kayserbeach,Nkqonqweni,Mabaleni,Mncotsho and Ilitha Township. The upgrading of Mdantsane Pump Station project is expected to be completed in September 2016, which will avert the water challenges that we are currently experiencing. Consumers are requested to understand this predicament and assist the municipality during this period by using the following water saving tips to conserve water so that reservoir levels can be maintained to reasonable levels: INDOOR WATER SAVINGS TIPS Indoor water savings can lower water and wastewater (sewer) cost and energy cost too! Wash only full loads of laundry in your washing machine or full loads of dishes in your dishwasher. Turn the water off. Minimize faucet use when shaving, brushing teeth and washing dishes. Replace older bathroom faucet nozzles (aerators) with new ones that are rated at 6 liters. Shorten your shower by one minute. Cut back on your shower time and you will rack up big savings in water and energy. If you really want to try and save water, limit your shower time to five minutes or less. Also, install a water-saving showerhead that uses 9.5 liters per minute. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissue and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet. Take showers instead of baths. A bathtub holds up to 189 liters of water-much more than a normal shower would use. (A typical shower uses less than 76 liters). Don’t pre-rinse dishes. Check to see if your dishwasher can clean dishes without pre-rising them. Most newer dishwasher don’t require pre-rising. Reuse clean household water. Collect all the water that is wasted while waiting for the hot water to reach your faucet or showerhead. Use this to water your houseplants or outdoor planters. OUTDOOR WATER SAVINGS TIPS · Fix leaking faucets and toilets. Research has shown that an average of 8% (or more) of all home water use is wasted through leaks. Drippings faucets can be quickly identified and repaired but other leaks are less obvious. Testing for leaks is easy. For example, test for a leaking toilet by lifting the lid off the toilet tank and putting a few drops of food coloring into the bowl. Wait a few minutes, and then look in the bowl. If the food coloring has made its way there, you have a leak that needs repair. · Sweep driveways and sidewalks instead of hosing with water. · Cut back unnecessary watering. Get to know your plants. Trees, shrubs and perennials, if well-established and well-placed, need less water than newly planted areas. · Check for soil moisture before watering to be sure its time. Dig into the soil with a trowel a few inches. If it feels moist, holds off. · Water deeply, but infrequently. Wetting the soil surface without getting water to the root zone does no good for the plants. The goal is to keep root moist. But don’t over do it. After watering, check the soil to see if moisture has penetrated to the roots. Use what you learn to guide future watering. Then, let the top few inches of the soil dry out between watering so that the roots can breath. · Minimize evaporation loss by watering early in the day or late at night, and when the wind is calm. · Adjust sprinklers to avoid watering the street, driveway or sidewalks. Choose sprinklers with spray patterns that match the shape of your lawn or garden area. · Adjust watering to weather conditions and avoid watering when it rains. · Limit water periods by setting your kitchen timer to remind you when to turn the water off. · Mulch mow your lawn. Set your mower higher at 2-inches and leaving the clippings on the lawn. The clippings help retain moisture. This is also known as grass cycling. · Let your lawn go dormant. Consider letting your lawn go dormant. Water deeply only once a month to keep your lawn alive. To prevent runoff, you may need to water a short time, wait a few minutes, and then restart. Be sure to garget your water on areas that receive heavy foot traffic- since dormant grass can be damaged by heavy wear. EFFICIENT GARDEN WATERING TIPS · Repair leaky faucets, hoses and sprinklers to avoid water waste. · Add shut-off nozzles to your garden hose. Garden hoses can deliver over then liters a minute if left unattended. It all adds up! · Select the right watering system. Drip irrigation is the best way to water most planting except lawns. Drip systems apply water directly to the soil minimal evaporation or runoff. They also help prevent plant diseases and make watering gardens easier. Soaker hoses are another option if used correctly. · Use Automatic Sprinkler Systems Efficiently. Automatically controlled irrigation systems can make efficient watering easier, but they often waste large amounts of water due to improper scheduling or maintenance. Follow these smart-watering tips: o Adjust your watering schedule to track weather conditions at least once or twice a month o Install a rain shut-off to prevent watering during rainy periods. (for sources, check the phone directory business listing under irrigation Systems and Equipment.) o Inspect your system a few times each year while it is running. Look for and repair leaking or broken sprinklers, and reposition those that spray areas. o Hire an irrigation professional to test and adjust your system annually. · Mulch your planting beds. Mulch is a material spread on the soil surface to slow water evaporation loose. · Improve water penetration in lawn area. Help water reach lawn roots by aerating your lawn. · Improve your soil. Add compost throughout your planting areas to add nutrients and increase the soil’s ability to absorb and store water. · Pick low-water plants. When you buy plants, choose varieties that require less water for immediate beauty and future water savings. Like any newly planted plants, these plants will need routine water until they are established, which can be one to three years. · Group plants with similar water needs together. Good design avoids mixing plants that needs regular water with those that need little to no water. Electricity Interruptions in the Metro There will be Electricity interruptions is areas including: Woodbrook: Tuesday 6 December from 6am to 6pm The purpose of the interruption is for BCMM to install a new 500 KVA mini sub-station in Mercury Road. Affected areas include Mercury Road and Sheffield Road. CBD: Thursday 8 December from 6am to 6pm The purpose is to replace and relocate existing mini-substation in Hill Street. Affected areas include North Street, South Street, Cambridge Street and Buffalo Street. Nahoon: 13 December from 6am to 6pm The purpose is to install new mini substation in Sinclair Avenue. Affected areas include Tainton Road, Smart Road, Schultz Road and Old Transkei Road. Electricity Interruptions The electricity will be interrupted to consumers supplied by BCMM from 06h00 to 18h00 on Tuesday 26 April 2016, weather permitting. The alternate date for this outage is Thursday 28 April 2016. The purpose of the interruption is for BCMM to replace the Heron Heights Substation with a Mini-Substation. The boundaries for this outage are as follows – in the North: Loerie Lane, the South: Herons Way, the East: Plover Crescent and the West: Bonza Bay. Interruption of Power in Bhisho Central The outage will affect all consumers supplied by Buffalo City Metro. The City warns consumers to handle all apparatus with caution during this period and advises consumers to disconnect all non-essential appliances from the supply to prevent damages when power is restored. To report electricity faults and outages call 043 050 5683 Comments are closed.