Water supply under strain in CT

Cape Town’s water supply came under pressure after officials were kept busy this weekend with...

Water runs from a faucet. Danya Philander/Eyewitness News

Cape Town’s water supply came under pressure after officials were kept busy this weekend with emergency repairs to six burst water pipes in different suburbs.

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Spokesperson for Water and Sanitation Julian Rodkin said it was a myth that increased water consumption in summer put strain on supply and caused pipes to burst.

“Our highest pressure measurement is in fact during the night when nobody uses water. During the day when people draw water that is in fact when the pressure reduces."

Rodkin added that in the summer, water consumption was higher than in winter but that had no bearing on breakages.