GP education dept to deliver water to schools

The department encouraged parents to give children extra bottles of water during the heatwave.

FILE: More suburbs are being affected by water cuts as Rand Water tries to fill its reservoirs, which affects Johannesburg's supply. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department says water will be delivered to schools in the south of Johannesburg currently experiencing shortages.

It's encouraged parents to give their children extra bottles of water during the current heatwave.

Schools across the city have been affected by this week's cuts with some pupils who are writing exams complaining of a lack of water.

The department says parents should not keep their children out of school due to the heatwave and water cuts as officials will ensure learning is not disrupted.

Gauteng education spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said, "To those, we have responded by sending water tankers but we are negotiating with Rand Water to help us accommodate children and to encourage parents to send children to school with water bottles."

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Meanwhile, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says the city's water shortages have been caused by a chain of events, which hit the municipality over the past fortnight.

While last week, Johannesburg Water said the city wasn't facing a major challenge this week, several areas have had to survive with little or uncertain supply.

Tau says the city's water problems started with an electrical fault at a pump station.

"You can't just blame the water system, you have to deal with the electrical problem which impacted on the pump stations."

Then water towers in high lying areas started running low.

"While the system to a large extent is stable it reaches a particular levels where the high lying areas are unable to receive water."

Now more suburbs are being affected by water cuts as Rand Water tries to fill its reservoirs, which affects Johannesburg's supply.

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• Illovo, Sandton CBD, Sandhurst, Hyde Park and the surrounds

Water supply interruption between midnight and 4am this morning

• Zacharia Park in Lenasia

Water supply to the area to normalise by 2pm today.

• South Hills (Third day without normal water supply)

Tankers are located at South Hills Tower and South Hills Clinic and will dispatch three additional tankers by 11am.

Rand Water will close the outlet to their Meyers Hill reservoir from 10 am until 4pm today and normal supply is expected by tomorrow morning.

The areas that will be affected by the temporary closure are Theresa Park, Steeldale, Elandspark, Elektron, Queens Haven, Moffet View, Rose Acres, Regents Park, Rosettenville, The Hill, La Rochelle, Turffontein and a portion of Kenilworth.