Water shortages persist in Pretoria

2014-09-25 10:58

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Johannesburg - Water has been restored to most of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni following shortages during the week but it appears that shortages in Pretoria persist.

Only two suburbs in Johannesburg - South Hills and Rabie Ridge - and two in Ekurhuleni - Bedfordview and Primrose - still have water shortages, said Ekurhuleni city spokesperson Themba Gadebe on Thursday.

But at about 09:30, Crime Line’s Yusuf Abramjee tweeted that he had been “inundated” with phone calls and messages about water shortages west of Pretoria.

SABC News also reported that the City of Tshwane had dispatched 17 water tanks to help residents from areas that had been hit by shortages.

It said that more than 25 reservoirs from areas around Pretoria had started running dry following alleged cable theft.

To help with the problem in Ekurhuleni, Gadebe said water had been diverted from two other reservoir systems.

Water restored to affected Ekurhuleni areas

He could not say when water supply would be back to normal in the two suburbs.

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."

Rand Water spokesperson Justice Mohale said the level of water in its reservoirs had improved overnight.

"The Meredale reservoir is at 41% today from yesterday's late afternoon figure of 39%," he said.

The Waterval reservoir was 39% full late on Wednesday, and by 06:00 on Thursday it was 47% full.

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