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Water crisis: Gauteng residents boiling with rage

Large parts of Johannesburg and Tshwane have run dry for more than a week.

Large parts of Johannesburg and Tshwane have run dry for more than a week. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng residents on Thursday said they are growing tired of empty promises and missed deadlines.

Large parts of Johannesburg and Tshwane have run dry with hundreds of houses having to go without water for more than a week now.

Locals say they are desperate for information.

Many people have had to rely on their swimming pools for water and have described the situation as "absolutely ridiculous".

People say they need answers.

"How long is this going to last? It's seven days down the line and you can't buy water at the stores because they have run out."

A man says his house has been running dry for six days now.

Rand Water says cable theft at a main pump station led to the crisis and it's working to restore supply to all affected areas.

Spokesperson Justice Mohale says Rand Water is battling to fill reservoirs as residents are using up supply as soon as it becomes available.

Meanwhile, the ANC in Johannesburg says it's also worried about the situation.

The party's Jolidee Matongo says this could even have an impact on the local government elections.

Homes, businesses, schools and hospitals have been affected.

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.

Rand Water said it will put contingency plans in place, such as having its own electricity supply system, to ensure that a future water crisis is avoided.