OVERVIEW: Joburg water shutdown - 'ETR is now 8pm'

2018-08-28 10:39

Many suburbs of Johannesburg and surrounding areas are without water following an explosion at the Rand Water Eikenhof pumping station on Monday.


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'Reservoir levels decreasing' 

Johannesburg Water on Tuesday said reservoirs supplying water to Honeydew, Aeroton, Meadowlands and Linden were decreasing. 

"Soweto's water capacity has already been throttled by 50%."

The Crown Gardens reservoir and tower were empty by 14:35 on Tuesday. 

"Customers receiving water directly from Rand Water are urged to continue using water sparingly."

Johannesburg Water said 20 roaming tanks would be roaming in different places, as it didn't have the capacity to place tanks in every street. 

"At the moment, we are prioritising vulnerable facilities such as hospitals, clinics and schools." 

28 Aug 14:05

'Power restored by midnight'

Rand Water has indicated that power to the Eikenhof pumping station should be restored by midnight on Tuesday. 

"All [is] proceeding well [and] we will commence with pumping into the network," Rand Water said in a tweet on Tuesday. 

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28 Aug 12:58

'City running out of mobile toilets'

Water and rental toilet businesses were inundated with calls on Tuesday, after the west of Johannesburg and parts of the south experienced water shortages.

Business Insider quoted Jay de Jongh, the owner of Fancy Flush Toilet Hire, as saying: "We don't have enough toilets and are running out quickly."

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New transformer installed

According to City Power, a new transformer has been installed at Eikenhof substation. 

28 Aug 12:16

'Power restored by Wednesday morning'

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena told News24 that City Power was confident that power will be restored to all four of its transformers at the Eikenhoff substation by the early hours of Wednesday morning.

"Our city engineers and technicians have been working through the night, a new transformer has been brought in and should be assembled by 12 midnight," Mangena told News24.

28 Aug 12:14

Johannesburg Water races to deliver emergency measures after fire at Eikenhoff pump station

Johannesburg Water has placed water tankers at strategic locations across the city to assist residents after a power outage caused by a fire at the Eikenhoff pump station resulted in large parts of Johannesburg being without water.

The fire, which happened on Monday night, affected the pump station which houses a transformer linked to Rand Water.

"This outage will affect the Eikenhoff pump station and cause a water supply disruption that will affect Greater Roodepoort, Randburg, Langlaagte, Southdale and the Soweto Areas," Johannesburg Water Communications manager Isaac Dhludhlu explained in a statement on Tuesday."

Residents are asked to please use water sparingly during this time, as we do not have turn around times," Dhludhlu said.

The cause of the fire at the station is yet to be determined. 

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Hospitals affected

Wilgeheuwel, Flora Clinic, Olivedale, Helen Joseph, Crescent Clinic, Garden City, Rahima Moosa, Chris Hani Baragwanath, Tshepo Themba, Lesedi Clinic.

Residents can obtain more information by calling Joburg Connect on 011 375 5555 or visit www.johannesburgwater.co.za.

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Suburbs affected: Langlaagte/Southdale area

Mondeor, Southgate, Meredale, Alan Manor, Eagles Nest, Southfork, Kibler Heights, Eikenhof, Lougherin A.H, Coronationville,Westbury, Claremont, Triomf, Westdene, Newlands, Greymont, Albertskroon, Albertsville, Langlaagte, Industria, Bosmont, Riverlea, Longdale, Vrededorp, Fordsburg, Brixton, Mayfair, Cottesloe, Jan Hofmeyer, Rossmore, Hursthill, Montclare, Melville, Emmarentia, Auckland Park, Greenside, Westcliff, Parkview, Fairlands, Berario, Northcliff (all ext.).

28 Aug 11:11

Suburbs affected: Roodepoort/Randburg

Bergbron, Claremont, Delarey, Whiteridge, Roodekrans (all ext.), Wilropark (all ext.), Helderkruin (all ext.), Constantia Kloof (all ext.), Allens Nek (all ext.), Weltevreden Park (all ext.), Florida Hills, Florida North, Discovery (all ext.), Selwyn, Florida Township, Horison, Horison View, Roodepoort North, Florida Park (all ext.), Constantia Park, Honeydew (all ex.t), Zandspruit, Laserpark, Randparkridge, Cosmo City, Lanseria, Thabo Mbeki informal settlement, Olivedale, Sundowner, Northwold, Boskruin, Bromhof, Kya Sands, Bloubosrand, Eagle Canyon, Honeydew View, Poortview,  Ruimsig, Wilgeheuwel, Princess, Grobler Park (all ext.), Lindhaven, Little Falls, Harveston, Honeydew (all ext.), parts of Northriding. 

28 Aug 11:10

Suburbs affected: Soweto

Pimville, Power Park, Diepkloof, Orlando East, Orlando West, Dobsonville, Naturena, Klipspruit, Meadowlands, Comptonville, Meredale, Moroka, Jabavu, Molapo, Jabulani, Tladi, Moletsane, Mofolo South, Mapetla, Zola, Zondi, Naledi and all extensions, Emdeni, Mofolo North, Mofolo central, parts of Dube, Chiavelo and extensions, Protea North, Protea South, Dhlamini and extensions, Eldoradopark and all extensions, Klipspruit West and Klipspruit. 

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28 Aug 10:49

Fire put out at Rand Water Eikenhof Pumping Station as technicians assess damage

Johannesburg's City Power says the fire caused by the explosion at the Rand Water Eikenhof Pumping Station on Monday has been extinguished. 

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said technicians were on the scene assessing the damage caused. They would determine how long it would take to restore power. 

This after Rand Water spokesperson Justice Mohale earlier said that an electrical transformer belonging to City Power had exploded.

28 Aug 10:49

28 Aug 10:49

Parts of Gauteng and NWest without water after pump station explodes

Residents in parts of Gauteng and the North West will be without water after the Rand Water Eikenhof Pumping station exploded on Monday afternoon.

"There was an explosion of an electrical transformer belonging to City Power. It affected Rand Water's normal operations," Rand Water spokesperson Justice Mohale said. 

The incident happened around 13:00. 

Mohale said it will affect water supply in parts of western Johannesburg, the West Rand, and Rustenburg in the North West.

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