With the Rand Water outage officially underway, many Johannesburg residents will rely on alternative water sources for the next few days. According to news24, the city’s water entity, Johannesburg Water, has updated the areas where residents can collect water.
Rand Water commenced its 58-hour maintenance at 19:00 on Tuesday to connect two valves between the A19 and B14 pipelines, which are responsible for supplying water to most of the city. While some areas will experience an eight-hour outage, others will be without water supply until 05:00 Friday.
The system’s recovery will take several days and even weeks after the maintenance. In response, Johannesburg Water has provided a list of water sources for residents to access when their taps run dry.
Residents in Soweto, Langlaagte, Randburg, Roodepoort, Sandton, and Southdale can find designated water collection points that Joburg Water has set up. Water tanker routes have also been established to distribute water throughout affected areas.
In an update on Tuesday evening, Rand Water expressed its earnest efforts in undertaking the planned maintenance work. The installation of valves and portions of pipe will enable interconnectivity of the three engine rooms at the Eikenhof pumping station. Furthermore, valve replacements are scheduled for the Zwartkopjes pumping station and the Vereeniging and Zuikerbosch water treatment plants. Completing these interrelated tasks aims to enhance the availability and reliability of the water system.
Rand Water has assured the public that it will provide updates on the progress of the work. The entity also expressed appreciation for the readiness and preparedness of customers during this time.
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