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Rand Water: Major pipeline maintenance running on schedule

The 54-hour pipeline repair began on Monday with technicians first draining the 12-kilometre-long pipe.

Rand Water embarked on a 54-hour maintenance project along a major pipeline from 24 June 2019. Picture: @Rand_Water/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – Rand Water said it was running on schedule regarding maintenance work along a major pipeline.

The 54-hour pipeline repair began on Monday with technicians first draining the 12-kilometre-long pipe.

Rand Water, which supplies services to municipalities across Gauteng, shut down the B11 main pipeline on Monday so it could be replaced.

It has been feared that maintenance on the pipeline would affect water supply but up to now, that hasn’t happened.

Rand Water said the R600-million project was proceeding according to schedule and the water outages in Emfuleni area were not as a result of the shutdown but a burst pipe.

The organisation's Eddie Singo said they expected to finish the repairs on time.

“We’re on par and we’re happy with the progress so far. We’re not anticipating major problems.”

Rand Water has reiterated its calls for people to stop stockpilin g water because it will only make matters worse.