Johannesburg Water calls emergency meeting as levels…

“Due to Rand Watercontinued load transfer from Eikenhof to recover the Palmiet system, Johannesburg Water Commando system levels worsened from critical to empty,” said Johannesburg Water in a statement Sunday morning.

Residents of the Hursthill Reservoirs area will have no water, the statement said.

The worsening water supply crisis in the province has prompted an “emergency meeting”, which is expected to be held with the Ministry of Water and Sanitation on Monday, October 17 to develop a firm plan of action to bring about lasting solutions to the problems of Gauteng water supply.

Parts of Gauteng struggle with Tier 2 Water Restrictions which were initially implemented due to power outages at Rand Water’s sewage treatment plant in Vereeniging, which affected water systems and reservoirs.

Water authorities have urged residents to reduce their water use to replenish reservoirs after demand soared due to the Heat wave in Johannesburg and power outages.

“Demand reduction remains a key priority,” Joburg Water spokesman Puleng Mopeli said.

Affected areas include:

  • Montgomery Park;
  • Westbury;
  • Hursthill;
  • Greymont;
  • Coronationville;
  • New Territories;
  • Northcliff;
  • Newclare;
  • Auckland Park;
  • Albertville;
  • Melville;
  • Richmond;
  • park view;
  • Emmarentia; and
  • Green side.

“Alternative water supply is being provided to other affected areas through fixed water tanks and mobile water tankers,” the statement read.

Joburg Water reiterated calls for residents to report any leaks or pipe breaks in affected areas, which could affect system recovery.

In the statement, Mopeli said Helen Joseph Hospital in Auckland Park and Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Coronationville had adequate water supplies.

Both Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa hospitals have water tankers. Helen Joseph Hospital has experienced dives in water pressurebut no supply cuts — partly thanks to the borehole that Gift of the Givers drilled last year for the hospital as it faced water shortages.

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