The Tshwane municipality was notified by Rand Water of a short circuit at the Mapleton pumping station. This resulted in this pumping station being out of action on Wednesday.
“According to Rand Water, Ekurhuleni Municipality is currently working on the problem, but it is not known when repairs will be completed,” says Lindela Mashigo, spokesperson for the city council.
The power outage resulted in the following Rand Water reservoirs emptying:
- Brackish pan 1 & 3
- Vlakfontein 1 & 2
- Source mountains
- Wildebeesfontein 1, 2 & 3
- Selcourt and
“Some areas in the Tshwane municipality may experience low water pressure to no water supply. Residents will be kept informed of developments,” Mashigo added.
Water outage at Johannesburg hospitals
Motalatale Modiba, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Health, meanwhile said contingency plans had been put in place to ease the disruption of water supply at some of its facilities in Johannesburg.
Rand Water and Joburg Water have issued notices of a planned water outage scheduled from Tuesday evening at 19:00 until Friday morning at 05:00.
A new pipeline must be installed during this period and upgrading work must be done at Rand Water’s Eikenhof pump station.
The outage affects the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Lenasia South Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, South Rand Hospital, Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital and Helen Joseph Hospital. Several clinics in Johannesburg are also affected by this.
“All the hospitals are currently supplied with water by tankers. At Rahima Moosa and Helen Joseph, the trucks are permanently pumping water to the facilities’ reservoirs.”