Water crisis: Gauteng residents 'not holding their breaths'

Large parts of Ekurhuleni, Midrand, West Rand and Pretoria have been without water since last week.

FILE: Large parts of Ekurhuleni, Midrand, West Rand and Pretoria have been without water since last week. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Amid ongoing promises that water supply will be restored to affected suburbs in Johannesburg and surrounding areas, frustrated Gauteng residents say they're optimistic, but aren't holding their breaths.

Large parts of Ekurhuleni, Midrand and the West Rand have been without water since last week.

The outage has been dubbed "the perfect storm" as power failures and warmer weather have led to reservoirs drying up.

Homes, businesses and hospitals have been affected.

The water crisis that has left several parts of Johannesburg without supply has now spread to Tshwane, with the capital city dispatching about 17 tankers to affected areas.

Rand Water's Justice Mohale has urged residents to be patient as reservoirs are taking time to fill up because of an increase in demand.

"We have been speaking to other radio stations, even community radio stations, trying to communicate with all affected residents."

Rand Water has also defended its communication with Johannesburg residents saying it's used every platform to update customers.

Earlier, Gauteng residents lashed out at Johannesburg and Rand Water for failing to provide adequate details around the crisis or when it will end.

As officials work to restore supply, more suburbs in northern Johannesburg are also running dry.

Johannesburg Water says this is due to a damaged pipe in Sandton.

Affected areas include Sandown and Sunninghill.

Johannesburg Water's Millicent Kabwe says technicians are on site.

"At this stage we don't know which contractor it is, but it's not a Johannesburg Water contractor who damaged our diameter part of the line and therefore we had to switch off the water to repair that pipe."

Parts of the City of Ekurhuleni and suburbs in southern and northern Johannesburg have been hit by water cuts over the past week.

On Tuesday, Rand Water told Eyewitness News 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.

With the water crisis in Gauteng now entering its second week however, Johannesburg's water issues appears to be more widespread than initially reported, with areas in Pretoria also running dry.