End in sight to JHB water crisis
Rand Water says water supply will be fully restored over the next three days.
JOHANNESBURG - Rand Water says it will put contingency plans in place, such as having its own electricity supply system, to ensure that a water crisis is avoided in future.
Parts of the City of Ekurhuleni and suburbs in southern and northern Johannesburg have been hit by water cuts over the past week.
The supplier has once again blamed the crisis on a power outage at its Eikenhof reservoir, despite the large areas affected.
With the water crisis in Gauteng now entering its second week, Rand Water appears to be no closer to resolving the problem, as it appears to be more widespread than initially reported, with areas in Pretoria also running dry.
Rand Water's Sipho Mosai says they're looking into a number of ways to prevent future interruptions.
"The board has resolved that we look at the possibility of purchasing a back-up generation system. But in the long term we're also investigating possible energy mixes to ensure that we have our own electricity."
Despite many empty promises, the utility now says supply should be fully restored to all affected areas in the next three days.