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Taps run dry in parts of Joburg, water tankers dispatched

Tankers are being delivered to Brixton, Greenside, Coronationville and other suburbs.

The Johannesburg skyline. Picture: Aki Anastasiou.
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JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN – Joburg Water says it’s started dispatching water tankers to areas where taps have run dry this morning.

Tankers are being delivered to Brixton, Greenside, Coronationville and other suburbs.
 
The City of Johannesburg says water towers in some high lying areas are completely empty
 
Consumers are still urged to abide by control measures as the situation intensifies.
 
Joburg Water's Hilgard Matthews says, “We have dispatched water tankers in Brixton, in Coronationville at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital and at the Helen Joseph Hospital. We’re going to call in another tanker at Helen Joseph Hospital.”

Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu says both hospitals are without water, and all non-emergency operations will be postponed until a consistent flow of water is restored.

Mahlangu has appealed to the public to be patient.

“We would like to appeal to the public to be patient with us where indeed we're not able to deliver particular services. We must have ablution facilities and if there's no water, toilets are not going to work properly and it’s unhygienic for hospitals to operate in this manner.”

Several areas in Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and the City of Johannesburg have been hit by water cuts due to what Rand Water says is low rainfall and a heatwave currently gripping parts of the country.

It's unclear when the water will be restored to the hospitals.

Democratic Alliance health spokesperson Jack Bloom says the current situation is distressing.

“They’ve had to cancel non-emergency operations. Patients for renal dialyses can’t have their dialysis. Patients and staff are really suffering. I think there needs to be an emergency plan to ensure that all hospitals have regular access to water during this period.”

WESTERN CAPE

In the Western Cape, the Environmental Affairs Department says the public should take warnings of a looming water shortage in the province more seriously.

The Cape's dams are running low.

Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell said, “We must realise also that all our resources are under pressure because of population growth and so forth. The important message to the public is that they must work with us.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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