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Parts of JHB still without water

Concern over poor hygiene & sanitation in schools arise as areas in JHB go waterless for a 3rd day.

FILE. Concern over poor hygiene & sanitation in schools arise as areas in JHB go waterless for a 3rd day. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Concerns have been raised about poor hygiene and sanitation at many schools that are without water after an outage disabled a Rand Water pump station.

Large areas in the west of Johannesburg and some parts in the south will be without water for a third day today.

While City Power has asked for patience until all its reservoirs fill up, residents say they've been told the problem could last another two days.

Eyewitness News has visited Hoërskool Die Burger where the governing body is concerned that the school of 1,200 pupils has sanitation problems.

Ground staff say it's become increasingly hard to keep the toilets clean and teachers say the hot temperatures combined with a lack of water makes it hard to keep pupils well hydrated.

The school's vice chairman Raymond Bester says, "We had to physically try to remove the stuff in buckets and later on we're going to dispose of it. It's good we got some buckets of water just to throw in during the break periods. But the worst problem is the kids need to drink water."

Some restaurants closed on Tuesday while other businesses said their operations were slower than usual, due to a lack of water.

Johannesburg Water has asked residents in areas where water has been restored to use their supplies sparingly.