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'Gauteng needs a water master plan'

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says Rand Water cannot ignore its own difficulties in Gauteng’s water crisis.

FILE. Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says Rand Water cannot ignore its own difficulties in Gauteng’s water crisis. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Water and Sanitation Department Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says while power failures may have been due to Eskom's own crisis, Rand Water cannot ignore its own difficulties, which have led to Gauteng's water crisis.

The minister says one of the challenges the utility faces is the management of its ageing infrastructure.

Mokonyane has called for relevant stakeholders to come up with a well-coordinated plan to prevent a future water crisis.

She says what Gauteng needs is a water master plan.

"We need that Gauteng water master plan that looks at the infrastructure, that looks at water consumption and that looks at water management."

She says while system failures were an unforeseen event, all those involved must play an active role moving forward.

Last week a major power failure at the Eikenhof pumping station rendered most of Gauteng's water reservoirs unoperational.

Since then residents have been in limbo about when they can expect to have their taps running again.