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Gauteng water crisis caused by 'perfect storm'

Rand Water has once again attributed the current supply crisis to protracted power outages.

FILE: Rand Water has once again attributed the current supply crisis to protracted power outages. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Rand Water has once again attributed the current water supply crisis , which has affected large parts of Johannesburg and surrounds, to protracted power outages.

The problem, which was caused by a power cut at a main pumping station, has been described as a "perfect storm".

Various areas have not had water or have experienced cuts since last week.

Businesses and hospitals have also been affected.

Areas still without supply include Benoni, Germiston, Bedfordview and Primrose.

Rand Water's Sipho Mosai says although they've made progress, reservoirs on the East Rand are still a problem.

"The City of Ekurhuleni is providing tankers and we will communicate about where the tankers will be. Schools and hospitals will have dedicated tankers."

Hundreds of frustrated Johannesburg residents spent most of the weekend without water.

Rand Water has also attributed the widespread shortages to high demands due to warmer weather conditions.

At the same time, the Ekurhuleni Municipality has dispatched more tankers to affected areas.

The municipality's Themba Radebe has once again urged residents to use water sparingly while technicians work to restore supply.