Mogale City water flowing again

2014-10-05 12:14

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Johannesburg - Water supply in Mogale City in the West Rand was fully restored on Sunday, the local municipality said.

"Mogale City Local Municipality has fully restored water to Kenmare and Noordheuwel, the last areas remaining after a three week water disruption that affected 30 percent of the city," spokesperson Nkosana Zali said in a statement.

"For the first time after a long period of uncertainty, our key reservoir readings by the evening of the 4th October 2014 stood at 3.75m at Kenmare Reservoir whilst the Sump was at 3.4m."

Zali said on hot or warm days like Saturday, the readings would be hovering around or below 2.5m.

"We had every reason to be enthusiastic about work that was being done, even though the reality on the ground was that water pressure remained a challenge for households," said Zali.

At 07:00 on Sunday the reading at Kenmare Reservoir was 5.53m, the Dome was 1.13m, Kenmare Towers 3.63m, Factoria 4.02m, Noordheuwel Tower 6.00m, Rangeview 2.03m and Sump 3.47m.

He said that the municipality was pleased at the readings from the Kenmare Reservoir and Sump, and said it meant that there was adequate safety in the system.

It also meant that all areas have enough pressure and normal water supply.

He said the municipality would discuss the situation with the water and sanitation minister, the Gauteng premier and Rand Water at 10am on Monday.

"We will come out with appropriate plans to avoid a recurrence of this situation," he said.

There had been disruptions to the water supply in Gauteng for more than two weeks. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane last week said the disruption was due to a technical glitch and that Rand Water was not to blame.

Cable theft which affected water pumping had also been blamed.

Water had since been restored to several areas in the province.

An earlier statement said that outlying areas would be the last to recover from the general water shortages in Gauteng.

Complicating Mogale City's recovery was a burst water pipe in Kagiso, which had been repaired.

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