Rand Water and the City of Tshwane have taken decisive steps to enhance their collaboration to ensure a consistent and reliable water supply for the city’s residents. This resolution comes in response to a recent meeting between the Water and Sanitation Ministry, the City of Tshwane, and Rand Water, where they sought to address the city’s pressing water challenges as reported by SA News.
Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu and Deputy Ministers David Mahlobo and Judith Tshabalala convened an urgent meeting with Rand Water and the City of Tshwane to mediate the public disputes between these entities. Minister Mchunu instructed Mahlobo, City of Tshwane Executive Mayor Cilliers Brink, and Rand Water Board Chairperson Ramateu Monyokolo to form a technical team. This team, led by Justice Maluleke from the Department of Water and Sanitation, Sipho Mosai, the Chief Executive of the water utility, and Stephens Notoane, the city’s Group Head for Water and Sanitation, has been tasked with developing a concrete plan to address the existing water challenges.
Subsequently, Mahlobo, Brink, and Monyokolo met with the task team to receive feedback on the action plan to resolve the issues between the city and the water utility and ensure a consistent water supply for residents.
Rand Water and the city have apologised to residents for the uncertainty surrounding the water supply and have committed to collaborative efforts to address the city’s water challenges. Notably, water has been restored in areas previously affected by shortages.
As part of the resolution, a technical team comprising representatives from the Department of Water and Sanitation, Rand Water, and the City of Tshwane will meet regularly during peak seasons to coordinate, provide, and manage water supply systems effectively. This team will also address supply challenges, promote water conservation, engage communities in water-saving initiatives, and enhance communication with stakeholders and the public.
To combat the acute water shortage, the parties review historical water allocations to the city, implement water conservation measures, and consider the city’s financial capacity when allocating additional water resources.
Furthermore, residents are urged to conserve water by refraining from using potable water for activities that can be managed without it, such as garden watering and driveway cleaning. They are also encouraged to report water leaks within their homes and in the municipal distribution system to the authorities.
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