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Cape's water rationing means inadequate measures to fight fires

The City of Cape recently announced its disaster management plan with water rationing across the City now in full swing.

Professor Anthony Turton, University of Free State's Centre for Environmental Management said that "pressure reduction is all good and well until your building catches fire and you need water to kill it".

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to managing director at Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Bureau (ASIB), Natasha Goring about how the reduced pressure could affect emergency sprinklers.

Goring says water pressure is important to extinguish fires and at the moment it looks like Cape Town will be in a lot of trouble.

Water pressure is incredibly important with regards to sprinkler systems especially because each sprinkler system is designed to cater for a specific fire alert.

Natasha Goring, Managing director at ASIB

If you are lowering water pressure in the town's main, you might find yourself in a situation where even the water pressure isn't enough to get to the top of the high rise buildings.

Natasha Goring, Managing director at ASIB

The sprinkler system require a certain amount of water and if there's a fire in one of your buildings that would be absolutely devastating.

Natasha Goring, Managing director at ASIB

Goring says insurance companies are trying their best to create awareness about fires but there is very little that people can do becasue there is no water.

There are scenarios where people are trying to put up private water supplies in tanks and you sitting there with pumps and tanks ready to go but there is no water to fill them up.

Natasha Goring, Managing director at ASIB

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:


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