In the past week, there have been water supply cuts in regions of Johannesburg, with warning signal messages that water supply restoration may take longer than anticipated.
From the 21st of January, Lenasia South residents are set to be without water. Maintenance is currently underway in affected areas, including in Vlakfontein, Lehae, Finetown, Zakaria Park, and Vlakfontein Poper. The municipality’s plan is to remove and replace old and broken water pumps with brand new ones.
Johannesburg Water has warned residents that it could take longer to reach residents from different areas due to various elevations thereof. For now, water trucks will be provided to aid the affected areas.
Since the taps are now turned off, it’s causing a lot of inconveniences which has angered residents.
Level 1 Water Cuts to be Implemented to Improve Future Water Supply in Johannesburg Regions
In recent months, various parts of the country, with Gauteng being one of the main provinces, have been affected by water scarcity.
Apart from a lack of adequate rainfall in certain areas, water cuts have mainly been implemented due to old and impaired infrastructure that needs to be replaced.
Johannesburg Water is aware of disruptions caused in dozens of suburbs and hopes to fix water cuts by the 22nd of January. However, since the infrastructure of water pumps needs to be addressed and replaced, it may take quite some time to restore proper water supply to all areas.
Apart from the regions already experiencing water supply cuts, there re reportedly unplanned outages yet to come, which includes regions like Witkoppen, Sandton, Bramley North, Parktown, Roodepoort, and areas in Midrand.
For now, the only planned water outages this week, are scheduled for Soweto, Ivory Park Extension 13 in Johannesburg, and the Jabulani Flats.