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JHB hospitals, businesses & residents flock to water tankers

Residents in the suburb of Coronationville have had to queue for close to two hours.

Staff at the Helen Joseph Hospital were forced to collect water in containers on 11 November 2015. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hospitals, businesses and residents in parts of Johannesburg are frantically collecting water following this morning's supply interruption.

Johannesburg Water has dispatched tankers to areas including Brixton, Coronationville and Westbury where water towers have run dry.

Staff members at the Helen Joseph Hospital collected water in containers of all sizes following a morning of uncertain supply.

Some residents in the neighboring suburb of Coronationville have had to queue for close to two hours to collect water from a municipal tanker.

This woman says she feels miserable.

"You can't use the toilet, you can't to laundry and wash children's schools clothes. We don't know what to do."

Some parents have kept their children out of school because their uniforms can't be washed.

Meanwhile, Coronationville residents who have been affected by worsening water shortages say they didn't expect the situation to become so serious, so soon.

The sound of water tankers entering Coronationville drew residents out of their homes, armed with trolleys full of containers waiting to be filled.

The Johannesburg suburb has been without water since this morning.

This resident, who waited two hours for water, says he's not used to this kind of lifestyle.

"For all the years as I was growing up, there was drinking water, now all of a sudden we are deprived of water."

Locals are now urging residents in other parts of Johannesburg to use water sparingly.

LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS

The City of Johannesburg has meanwhile implemented level two water restrictions and says it will now enforce the water services bylaw.

The city says it received an urgent notice from Rand Water to start implementing control measures for water use.

Residents are encouraged to abide with these 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.

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