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Fury mounts as the taps stay dry

Water problems began in Gauteng last week due to a power failure at the Eikenhof pumping station.

Water problems began in Gauteng last week due to a power failure at the Eikenhof pumping station.  Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - As frustration mounts in Gauteng, there appears to be no end in sight to the disruption to water supply in Ekurhuleni, sections of the West Rand and Midrand.

The East Rand appears to be the hardest hit with areas including Bedfordview and Primrose without water for the past few days.

Reports say some areas of Krugersdorp haven't had water for at least a week.

Water problems began in Gauteng last week due to a power failure at the Eikenhof pumping station.

The outage has been dubbed as the " perfect storm" as power failures and hot conditions have led to reservoirs not filling up.

Homes, businesses and hospitals have been affected, leaving many furious.

When Rand Water's Sipho Mosai was asked when water would be fully restored, he said, "We are trying and it takes time, perhaps two days."

The supplier has explained that reservoirs are battling to refill with the demand from residents far greater than supply.

The Ekurhuleni Municipality earlier dispatched more tankers to affected areas.

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

Meanwhile, Johannesburg Water says only two percent of households are still without water following a week of interruptions.

Areas that are still without supply include Allandale, Glen Austin, Rabie Ridge and South Hills.

Johannesburg Water spokesperson Millicent Kabwe says most of the affected reservoirs are recovering from the cuts.