Joburg reservoirs recovering well but Tshwane still without water

2014-09-25 08:32

Water reservoirs and towers are recovering at a good rate following shortages.

“Less than 2% of residents of the city are still experiencing low water pressures and no water situation,” Johannesburg Water spokesperson Millicent Kabwe said yesterday.

“The Hursthill reservoir, Alexandra Park, President Park and Randjesfontein water towers have recovered.”

Suburbs such as Westdene, Hursthill, Albertville, Martindale, Triomf, Westbury, Mount Clare, Coronationville, Bosmont, Newlands, Benrose, Denver and Malvern had seen their water supply return.

“The facilities that still have no water are South Hills tower and Rabie Ridge reservoir,” she said.

“The suburbs supplied by the two storage facilities include Rabie Ridge, Mayibuye, Risana, South Hills, Thulisa Park and surrounding areas.”

Johannesburg Water had made temporary provision for the areas still affected by way of water tanks.

“In the Rabie Ridge area, we have roaming tanks and in South Hills we have a stationary tank at the water tower and at 21 Risana Rd,” Kabwe said.

“We are also giving special attention and priority to hospitals, clinics and schools until the situation improves.”

Johannesburg Water pleaded with residents who had water to use it sparingly.

Yesterday afternoon the City of Tshwane said most parts of the metro were still without water.

“Due to vandalism and cable theft at the Palmiet pump station, Rand Water is unable to supply water to most of the suburbs in Tshwane,” it said.

Water tankers had been dispatched to the following areas: Laudium, Itereleng, Erasmia, Atteridgeville, Rooihuiskraal, Mooiplaats, Christoberg, Claudius, Gerhardsville and Kalafong Hospital

The city warned residents to minimise the use of water on nonessential activities like watering gardens, irrigation and filling up swimming pools.

“Residents are urged to use tap water sparingly to allow the reservoirs to fill up,” it said.

The city apologised for the inconvenience.

Authorities said it was unclear when water would be fully restored to parts of Johannesburg and Tshwane that were affected by the water shortages this week.

“I can’t give you a specific day or time,” Rand Water spokesperson Justice Mohale said.

He said the Eikenhof and Palmiet pumping stations had problems but there was improvement in water levels and supply. He did not specify what the problems were.

Ekurhuleni municipality spokesperson Lindela Mashigo did not know when the water would be restored.

“It is dependent on Rand Water,” said Mashigo.

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