Emfuleni residents plead for water amid heatwave, water cuts

Several areas have been hit by water cuts because the municipality failed to honour its payment arrangement with Rand Water.

Emfuleni residents queue for water on 8 January 2018 amid water cuts in the municipality, which failed to honour its payment arrangement with Rand Water. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Residents in parts of Vereeniging are pleading with the Emfuleni Municipality to immediately restore water supply to thousands of households amid a heatwave in Gauteng.

Several areas have been hit by water cuts because the municipality failed to honour its payment arrangement with Rand Water and still owes billions of rand.

Areas affected by the water cuts for the last four days include Lakeside, Palm Springs and Evaton.

A mother says that since the taps ran dry last week, people in Evaton have not been able to flush their toilets or bath their children.

Youngsters and adults have been queueing in the scorching sun since Monday morning with wheelbarrows, buckets and bottles.

They’re waiting for a water truck, one of five deployed to affected areas.

Some people hit by the water cuts have given up waiting for the trucks, and they’re now asking residents from other areas for water.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)