Water restored to most Gauteng suburbs

By admin
25 September 2014

Only two suburbs in Johannesburg - South Hills and Rabie Ridge, and two in Ekurhuleni - Bedfordview and Primrose, still have water shortages.

Water has been restored to most of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni following shortages during the week.

Only two suburbs in Johannesburg -- South Hills and Rabie Ridge -- and two in Ekurhuleni -- Bedfordview and Primrose -- still have water shortages.

"There has been a very big improvement," Ekurhuleni city spokesman Themba Gadebe said on Thursday.

"In Bedfordview and Primrose there is still a shortage of water because they are high-lying areas. We are struggling with them. But in all other areas water has been restored." To help with the problem, Gadebe said water had been diverted from two other reservoir systems. 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.

"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."

"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 spokeswoman 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 spokesman Justice Mohale said the level of water in its reservoirs had improved overnight.

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

The Waterval reservoir was 39 percent full late on Wednesday, and by 6am on Thursday it was 47 percent full.

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