Rand Water: We're on track with the 54-hour maintenance

Until Wednesday, residents are urged to use water sparingly while officials work on integrating the new infrastructure pipe into the old one to improve its services to customers.

Minister Senzo Mchunu (C) is joined by the chairperson of Rand Water Tshidi Hashatse (R) and Rand Water CEO Sipho Mosai (L) in Pretoria for a press briefing on 15 November 2021. Picture: @DWS_RSA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Rand Water said it was on track with its 54-hour water maintenance on its crucial water pipe and so far there was no shortage of water supply.

Until Wednesday, residents are urged to use water sparingly while officials work on integrating the new infrastructure pipe into the old one to improve its services to customers.

So far, schools, hospitals, and old age homes have not yet been affected while residents have also not seen any reduction in the pressure when they open their taps.

Rand Water's Eddie Singo said: "We are not expecting that we will get reports about the areas that are experiencing challenges as yet. We only reduced 14% of Rand Water's supply."

Meanwhile, Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu said South Africa did not have a water crisis.

Rand Water said the first phase of its maintenance had been completed and its operations were running on schedule.

Parts of Gauteng including Johannesburg, Soweto and Randburg will be affected by the reduced water supply due to scheduled maintenance of Rand Water pipes.

Mchunu has apologised to the residents of Gauteng for any inconvenience.

“In Gauteng, in particular, there are questions about the work being done for the number of hours and we are inviting the public to be patient with us and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during this maintenance programme.”

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