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Water issues persist in parts of Joburg following destruction of City Power substation by fire



Brixton transformer substation

The water supply system in Johannesburg is facing another setback as the Brixton transformer substation was engulfed in flames, prompting a warning from Johannesburg Water about potential disruptions.

According to TimesLIVE, City Power confirmed on Sunday that the transformer substation in Brixton had been destroyed by the fire, leaving the cause of the incident under investigation.

Johannesburg Water responded by announcing that pumping operations from the Brixton reservoir to the Brixton tower would be impacted, leading to potential water supply issues.

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The affected areas, including Brixton, Mayfair, Hursthill, Jan Hofmeyer, Melville, and Auckland Park, heavily rely on the water supply from the Brixton reservoir and tower zones.


To mitigate the impact, Johannesburg Water is arranging for a pumping unit to be deployed at Helen Joseph Hospital, ensuring a stable water supply to the area.

This unfortunate incident follows recent water supply challenges in various parts of the city due to a fire at a City Power substation in Soweto. The cumulative effect of these disruptions has hindered the full recovery of some water systems, compounded by ongoing recovery efforts by Rand Water after the previous outage.

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Rand Water to conduct planned maintenance on H5 pipeline from 9 – 11 June 2023

Picture: Twitter / CityPowerJhb


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