Water cuts hit parts of Ekurhuleni

Water tankers have been dispersed in Germiston, but it’s unclear when supply will return.

FILE: The city has blamed the water shortages on the heatwave and low rainfall due to a drought across the country. Picture: Free images.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Ekurhuleni says there's currently no water in most of Germiston and the Etwatwa Township due to a depleting supply in its reservoirs and increased consumption.

The city has blamed the water shortages on the heatwave and low rainfall due to a drought across the country.

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality continues to appeal to residents and businesses to utilise water sparingly.

If the situation in all of the areas above deteriorates further, the EMM will implement water shedding measures and shut off supply from 10pm to 3am.

This, as temperatures continue to soar, putting a strain on water supply.

Water tankers have been dispersed in Germiston, but it's unclear when supply will return.

The city says the water cuts in Etwatwa have been caused by a burst pipe and its technicians are on site to attend to the problem.

Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe says there is still some water available in parts of Germiston.

"Some areas have low pressure and some have no water at all. As an interim measure, we have strategically placed water tankers in parts of the city."

At the same time, the Department of Education says tankers have already been sent to two schools in the south of Johannesburg to ensure learning continues.

Level two restrictions have been implemented in Johannesburg, which means residents should not refill swimming pools or wash cars and water gardens during daylight hours.

Areas including Mondeor, Rosettenville and some parts of Soweto have experienced disrupted water supply this week.

The City of Johannesburg says water is being drained out its southern reservoir faster than it can be pumped in and this has caused disruptions this week.

Gauteng education spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane says they need to ensure learning is not affected by shortages.

"We encourage schools to contact the district office or the head office so we can make such arrangements. We are on standby to respond to any school."

While Rand Water says one of the reservoirs ran dry this week, experts say water levels in the catchment dams remain stable.

THERE IS CURRENTLY NO WATER IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF GERMISTON:

  • Dawnview;

  • Gerdview;

  • Marlands;

  • Germiston CBD;

  • Elsburg;

  • Lambton;

  • Fishers Hill;

  • Wadeville;

  • Bedfordview;

  • Primrose Hill;

  • Sunny Rock.

THE EMM IS HOWEVER, PROVIDING WATER TANKERS AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

  • Opposite Old Marlands Swimming Pool near Solly's Supermark;

  • Corner Elbertfield Avenue and Windsor Street;

  • Howe Circle;

  • Corner Jubilee and Ralston Avenues;

  • Corner Fourth Avenue and Pipe Street;

  • Corner Riley Road and Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview,;

  • Van Buuren Road (east of Harper Road) in front of Virgin Active, ;

  • Parking area at KFC, Kirkby Road, Bedford Gardens, ;

  • Corner Lucas Lane and Norman Road, Bedfordview (in front of Hyundai);

  • Corner Fairway Avenue and Penthurst Avenue, Essexwold

LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS

  • Residents may not water or irrigate their gardens between 6am and 6pm or fill up their swimming pools.

  • Hose pipes may also not be used to wash cars or paved areas.

  • Although water will still be available around the clock, pressure in the city's taps will be reduced.

  • If the situation worsens, more restrictions will be imposed, including supply cuts.