Rand Water: Water shortages a much needed lesson
Rand Water says it could not have foreseen the water crisis in Gauteng, calling it a much needed lesson.
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Large parts of Gauteng are still without water more than 10 days into the crisis.
The water utility says it could not have foreseen the crisis, as it was under the impression all its backup plans were sufficient.
Officials say the current water shortages have been a much needed lesson.
Rand Water's Sipho Mosai says while the utility has experienced power failures at its pump stations before, its backup systems have always run smoothly enough to allow the glitches to go unnoticed.
"We do from time to time have power outages but you never feel it because it doesn't go on for a protracted period of time."
The power utility says while its operations aren't directly affected by performance at power utilities like Eskom, it will draft plans to protect itself from future meltdowns caused by factors outside of its control.