Gauteng water to be restored

2014-09-22 18:07
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Johannesburg - Water supply problems experienced in vast areas of Gauteng should be resolved within two days, officials said on Monday.

This was after a string of problems at Rand Water pump stations beginning last Monday.

Johannesburg City Power executive manager of operations Louis Pieterse said that a standby transformer for the Eikenhof pump station had given trouble since it was installed late last year.

When there were problems with the dedicated transformer supplying the pump station last Monday, the standby transformer could not be used.

"We performed every test you could possibly do on site... unfortunately, it took about 13 hours."

The Eikenhof pump station supplies a vast area from West Gauteng to Mogale City.

Pieterse said the standby transformer would need to be replaced with a new one, and this would take 14 days.

During this time, there would be no back-up transformer if there were problems with the main transformer, which could potentially result in further extended water cuts.

Pieterse downplayed the risk to the water supply during this time.

"The chance is really nil. We tested that transformer thoroughly," he said.

"But there is that potential risk."

A circus

Last week, the problems with Eikenhof pump station left parts of western and southern Johannesburg, the West Rand and Ekurhuleni without water.

The problem coincided with a seasonal peak in demand for water, as high temperatures hit Gauteng, Rand Water chief operating officer Sipho Mosai said.

When power was restored at the Eikenhof pump station, the Vereeniging pump station went off line.

"The good news is, Vereeniging and Eikenhof are back on," Mosai said.

Mopleton pump station, supplying areas including Brakpan and Vlakfontein, then also went down, followed by the Palmiet pump station on Monday morning.

The power supply to Palmiet station - which supplies areas including Germiston, Primrose and Bedfordview - was restored by 15:00.

Mosai said that after power was restored, it would take time to fill the reservoirs that feed people's homes. This was likely to be achieved within the next two days.

Those residents who did have water were asked to use it sparingly to allow the reservoirs to refill.

Water tankers were being provided as a temporary measure in areas that were still without water.

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