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JHB water crisis: Northern suburbs affected

As officials work to restore supply, more taps in Northern Johannesburg are running dry.

FILE: As officials work to restore supply, more taps in Northern Johannesburg are running dry. Picture: Free Images

JOHANNESBURG - Rand Water says it's unclear when water will be fully restored to parts

of Johannesburg and Pretoria following shortages over the past week.

But is says there's been an improvement in water levels at its reservoirs following a week of frustrating interruptions

Officials say there's been an improvement in water levels and supply following problems at the Eikenhof and Palmiet pump stations.

Johannesburg Water's Justice Mohale says, "I have reports that say they will be getting water by the end of today or tomorrow."

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 has damaged our diameter part 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, 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.