- Several suburbs have been without water after an explosion at the Rand Water pump station.
- Repairs to the Palmiet booster pumping station are expected to be completed by Thursday.
- The Palmiet booster pumping station has been operating at only 55%.
Damaged infrastructure caused by an explosion at a Rand Water pump station is expected to be repaired by Thursday.
Rand Water said that on Sunday, three medium-voltage motors used to run the pumps exploded. This caused the pumps at Rand Water's Palmiet booster pumping station to become inoperable and left the pump station running at 55% capacity, causing parts of Gauteng to experience water interruptions.
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, Rand Water said in a statement.
On Wednesday, Johannesburg Water said several areas had been left without water, including Midrand, Ivory Park, Ebony Park, Diepsloot, South Hills, Linmeyer, Risana, Oakdene, Tulisa Park, Rosettenville and Klipriviersberg.
#JWupdate #DiepslootPlease kindly note that the Diepsloot reservoir has been impacted by the pumping challenges of the Palmiet system. The affected areas include Diepsloot and Riverside view. Arrangements are being made to provide alternate water supply during the outage. ^p pic.twitter.com/pko6ItSLty— Johannesburg Water (@JHBWater) July 6, 2021
"South Hills Tower and Midrand Reservoirs are still under enormous strain due to the explosion at the Rand Water Palmiet booster pumping station. Rand Water has been able to repair some of the electrical switch gears which has assisted to boost pumping, but it is still not at full capacity," Johannesburg Water said in a statement.
The municipality said it expected water supply to be fully restored by Thursday.
"Our bulk supplier has indicated that repairs should be completed on Thursday. We have arranged for additional water tankers in the affected areas [and] a comprehensive list of the position of the tankers."
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