Rand Water resorts to ‘load shifting’

2014-09-26 15:53

First it was Eskom’s load shedding and now Rand Water has resolved to embark on “load shifting” in a bid to address water supply imbalances around Gauteng.

This will see areas that have been without water getting their supply at fixed intervals until full water supply returns to normal.

This was announced by the national department of water and sanitation ministry following a meeting between Rand Water and Minister Nomvula Mokonyane last night.

“Load shifting is a measure whereby water supply is shifted from an area of normal supply to one where there has been no water by redirecting the flow to the latter. While the water distribution from the system is redirected, communities from which water is blocked will be provided for by the deployment of water tankers,” said Mokonyane’s spokesperson Brenda Mpitsang.

She said water tankers would continue to be dispatched to areas of need while hospitals and clinics would be prioritised.

Meanwhile, Ekurhuleni metro spokesperson Themba Gadebe said water supply was steadily being restored with only parts of Bedfordview and Primrose without water.

He said water supply problems were first experienced in Benoni on September 13 and soon spread to Germiston, Daveyton, Etwatwa, Kempton Park with Bedfordview and Primrose being the last two to be affected.

“Water supply was restored to all areas (by Friday 1pm) except for Bedfordview and Primrose. The Germiston reservoir rose in water level and had started to supply water to parts of Primrose while low-lying areas in Bedfordview were not affected,” said Gadebe.

Asked if the municipality was doing anything on its part to prevent the current water challenges, Gadebe said Ekurhuleni has “more than 70 well-functioning water reservoirs” which needed to be filled with water.

All fingers have been pointing at Rand Water which is the main supply to municipalities. Rand Water has blamed the water interruption on cable theft at a City Power substation as well as vandalised pump stations.

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