More than 105 000 meters of sewer and water pipes replaced in 12 months, more to come

19 Jul 2023 in Where We Govern

Over the past financial year, from July 2022 to June 2023, the City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate has invested a total of R307,6 million to replace 55 163 meters of sewer pipes and R140,4 million to replace 50 170m of water pipes city-wide. More investment in different areas is in the pipeline over the next 12 months via the City’s annual water and sewer pipe replacement programmes and individual capital projects. Read more below:

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:

  • R770,7 million will be spent on replacing 100km of sewer pipes of various diameters in its sewer network as part of proactive efforts to prevent sewer overflows.

Areas include Brackenfell Industrial, Stikland Industrial, Kraaifontein Industrial, Bellville, Welgemoed, Bergvliet, Muizenberg, Lotus River, Constantia, Tokai, Wynberg, Broadlands, Strand, Kuils River, Mission Grounds/Sir Lowry’s Pass, Tuscany Glen, Eerste River South, Kraaifontein, Eversdal, Brackenfell, Bellville, Brackenfell Industrial, Dunoon, Joe Slovo, Langa, Philippi, Samora Machel, Crawford, Uitsig, Bakoven/Camps Bay, Ravensmead, Rondebosch, Gugulethu, Parow Industria, Avondale, Parow, Bishopcourt, Clifton, Lansdowne, Athlone, Claremont, Lower Crossroads, Bridgetown, Fresnaye, Cape Flats, Montague Gardens.

Over the previous financial year, the City invested R307,6m in replacing 55 163m of sewer pipes.


  • R92,9 million will be spent on replacing 50km of water pipes of various diameters in its water supply network as part of investing in reliable water supply to properties.

This maintenance work also proactively helps the City to reduce water wastage by addressing leaks which also supports the City’s call to be water-wise at all times.  

Communities that will benefit include Hout Bay, Noordhoek, Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek, Ocean View, Constantia, Southfield, Plumstead, Somerset West, Kuils River, Strand, Gordons Bay, Table View, Melkbosstrand, Atlantis, Kraaifontein, Bellville, Bellville South, Brackenfell, Durbanville, Welgemoed, Loevenstein, Bridgetown, Newlands, Goodwood, Churchill and Lansdowne.

Over the previous financial year, the City invested R140,4m in replacing 50 170m of water pipes.

‘The City is serious about maintaining its water and sewer infrastructure so that we can ensure our residents through our water pipes, have access to a reliable, safe drinking water supply and to help reduce overflows from sewer pipes.

‘Both the sewer and water reticulation pipe networks are extensive, reaching areas across Cape Town.  

‘To wrap up the previous financial year, in June 2023 alone, the City replaced about 7 250 meters of sewer pipes in various areas including Dennedal, Sweet Valley, Scottsdene, Uitsig, Durbanville, Athlone, Strand, Constantia and Bellville, as well as 12 027 meters of water pipes in Durbanville, Table View, Brackenfell, Strand, Somerset West, Gordons Bay, Simon’s Town, Tokai, Goodwood, Bishopscourt, Schaapkraal, Bridgetown, Lansdowne, Gatesville and Parow.  

‘Thank you to the Water and Sanitation staff who are involved with actioning these annual maintenance programmes and to our residents who have to, at times, be inconvenienced while work takes place,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

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