JHB mayor to give update on water supply

Parks Tau is currently in talks with Joburg Water officials to discuss increased shortages.

Parks Tau. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Mayor Parks Tau is expected to update members of the public soon on the status of water supply in the city.

Tau is currently in talks with Joburg Water officials to discuss increased shortages.

Yesterday water tankers were sent to affected suburbs including Brixton, Coronationville and Westdene.

The mayor is expected to inform the city of just how serious the water crisis is.

Yesterday taps ran dry in some western Johannesburg suburbs where water towers were empty.

Overnight the northern Johannesburg suburbs of Sandton, Parkhurst and Hyde Park were also affected.

Meanwhile, in the south of the city residents in some areas have been without water since Monday.

The worsening situation follows a briefing last week where Joburg Water said it didn't foresee any immediate crisis, but would continue to monitor reservoirs.


Joburg Water has confirmed that three of its tankers have been stolen after being dispatched to areas affected by the shortage over the past two days.

The stationary tankers were stolen in Westdene crown gardens and in South Hills.

Rand Water says the tankers are able to hold between 2,500 and 5,000 litres of water.

It's unclear how much was in the tankers when they were taken.

Joburg Water's Hilgard Matthews said, "There were people with less noble intentions who stole the water tankers and we appeal to the community to help us and see to it that tankers aren't vandalised or stolen."

The utility says it plans to continue dispersing tankers to affected areas and has appealed to residents to ensure they're safe.

WATCH: Taps run dry in some JHB suburbs.


• 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.


Meanwhile, Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan says the current water challenges in Johannesburg are not linked to South Africa's drought.

Gordhan has joined a briefing with Tau who has given an update on the extent of water supply problems.

He has called on both members of the public and municipalities to do better in conserving the little water the country has.

The minister says it's not the drought that has affected Johannesburg, but rather demand and supply factors.

"The drought and the issues we have in Johannesburg aren't connected at this stage, the issues are extraordinary demand."

He says before members of the public make bad choices they should remember that South Africa is a water scarce country.

He has also called on municipalities to do better.

"If there are breakdowns of pipes for example, don't wait for 72 hours to fix them, fix them immediately."

The city insists that it doesn't have a crisis on its hands and will manage the situation as effectively as possible.