Makhura to get water shortages report

2014-09-25 18:02
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Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier David Makhura will receive a report on Friday on the water shortages in the province.

"I have asked for an urgent report on the water situation in the municipalities in the province, including what the real problem is and what the source of the apparent water supply problem is," he said on the sidelines of a provincial security indaba in Germiston, on Johannesburg's East Rand, on Thursday.

"We will be able to look at the matter and where necessary discuss with the national minister of water and sanitation."

Makhura said he was meeting mayors in Gauteng on Friday to discuss how to take the province forward with regard to infrastructure and investments.

Rand Water on Thursday denied reports of water restrictions in Gauteng following water shortages during the week.

"They got it wrong. It's not water restrictions," Rand Water spokesperson Justice Mohale said.

"We are assessing the situation. For those areas that have enough water, we want to redirect some of it to areas that do not have water. We want to build water levels to help those struggling areas."

High-lying areas, such as Bedfordview and Primrose, still had water shortages because there was not enough pressure to push water there. As water levels increase, there would be enough pressure to pump water to those areas.

He said the diversion of water could take some time.

Makhura said he was concerned about the water situation.

"So many people in the province are complaining about not having water... I have been monitoring as well and people are sending me Twitter messages and they send me SMSes."

He said municipalities were doing their best to sort out the problem but a proper discussion would be held on Friday.

Water restored

Earlier, authorities said water had been restored to most of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni.

Only two suburbs in Johannesburg - South Hills and Rabie Ridge - and two in Ekurhuleni - Bedfordview and Primrose - were still without water.

Earlier, Ekurhuleni city spokesperson Themba Gadebe also spoke of redirecting water to help with the problem.

He said water had been diverted from two other reservoir systems, but he could not say when water supply would be back to normal.

In a statement, he said water had been restored to the other seven affected Ekurhuleni areas.

"The situation has returned to normality in Benoni, Brakpan, Kempton Park, Germiston, Daveyton, Etwatwa, and Tsakane.

"We are confident that the situation will continue to improve. In the interim, we will continue to supply the affected areas with water tankers until the situation has normalised."

Johannesburg Water spokesperson Millicent Kabwe said South Hills and Rabie Ridge were still without water.

"In all other areas water has been restored. Every day and every hour the situation improves. I can't say when they will get water. I can't give an exact date and time."

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