Mass Blackout and Water Crisis Hits Ekurhuleni and Tshwane: Residents Left in the Dark and Dry
Residents in Ekurhuleni and Tshwane are again expressing their outrage as they are without power or water. Their current situation is due to the constant load shedding affecting water pumping in areas such as Benoni and Boksburg.
But it gets worse. There is now a critical shortage of water supply in some parts of Gauteng following a power supply failure at Rand Water’s Mapleton booster station in Ekurhuleni. The Vlakfontein reservoir, which also feeds Tshwane, has been impacted by this.
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Makenosi Maroo, the bulk water supplier, explained that restoring power at the Mapleton booster station does not guarantee an immediate return of water supply. It will take approximately five days to restore the system thoroughly. Maroo appealed to consumers to use whatever water they have sparingly and to understand the situation. Meanwhile, the Ekurhuleni and Tshwane cities provide water tankers to help the affected areas.
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