Rand Water’s 58-hour maintenance work on the Eikenhof pump station was completed on Friday, but this does not mean that all Gautenians will have access to water again immediately.
Rand Water confirmed on Friday afternoon that the planned maintenance work on the Zwartkopjes pumping station, as well as the Vereeniging and Zuikerbosch water treatment plants was completed according to schedule after it had already started on Tuesday.
The water supplier is currently recharging the system and systematically refilling the various reservoirs it serves.
“However, consumers should note that the system will take time to fully restore,” said Rand Water.
Mogale City – local municipality that serves Krugersdorp on the West Rand, has however informed its residents that the maintenance work means a deterioration in its water network.
The municipality said in a statement that its entire water supply system has run dry, which means that the town’s reservoirs are completely empty.
“It will therefore take a few days before the water supply reaches the right levels and optimal water pressure for normal water supply to start again,” the statement said.
The municipality cannot even provide water tanks in the area due to the system that has run out. Several municipal buildings and even the magistrate’s court in Krugersdorp could not use their ablution facilities this week due to the water cut.
“Residents who still have water are requested to continue to use water sparingly so that our reservoirs can reach the required levels.”
Rand Water also warned that those who live in high-lying areas in and around Johannesburg may not have water again for a few days.