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Mokonyane: Water crisis plan in place

This comes more than 10 days after large parts of Gauteng were hit by water cuts.

FILE: Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says reservoirs are being filled and supply should resume shortly. Picture: Free Images

JOHANNESBURG - Government officials on Friday said a plan is in place to restore water supply to areas affected by interruptions.

This comes more than 10 days after large parts of Gauteng were hit by water cuts.

The Water and Sanitation Ministry says it will now collaborate with the departments of health, housing and social development to help work through the problems associated with the water crisis.

Earlier on Friday, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane announced a rigorous two-week plan that will hopefully see operations return to normal soon.

She says her department understands the inconvenience water shortages are having on many communities.

"We know over the weekend, there were bereavements, there were funerals. We know that families are at home."

She says Rand Water tankers have been dispatched to numerous areas, including hospitals, old age homes and other facilities.

Mokonyane said so far, the primary stages of government's restoration programme was implemented.

She said residents can expect more detailed communication from her department and Rand Water going forward.

The minister also visited Rand Water's Central Control Depot in Alberton on Gauteng's East Rand Friday.

A series of power cuts, system failures and cable theft incidents, have all contributed to the water crisis, which officials labelled a "perfect storm."

Mokonyane urged Gauteng residents to exercise patience as the beginning stages of a restoration plan are implemented.

"Make sure that you conserve water."

LOCAL BUSINESSES AFFECTED

Businesses in parts of the East Rand are battling after more than a week of water problems.

Entrepreneurs in Bedfordview have been forced to bring containers of water from their homes to ensure their businesses can operate.

Virgin Active gym in Bedfordview has been heavily affected by the cuts.

Managers say up to 3,000 people visit the gym every day and the lack of water has forced them to lock toilets for hygiene purposes.

The gym's manager says there was no water from 9am to 10pm.

"We had to close the swimming pool and we couldn't allow people to shower or use our toilets so that reduces peoples' gym experience."

Mangers say water from tankers only last for about an hour.