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Water Shortages in Gauteng Attributed to Heatwave, Urgent Measures Underway



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Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, addressed concerns about persistent water shortages in parts of Gauteng, attributing the issue mainly to the recent heatwave in the province. According to Jacaranda FM, the statement came during a media briefing following last week’s cabinet meeting, where discussions included the escalating water challenges in the region.

Despite reassurances from Ntshavheni, Rand Water issued a warning, highlighting that the current consumption patterns in Gauteng metros could potentially lead to a complete collapse of its systems. The water utility revealed that 80% of its supply is now directed to Gauteng metros, breaching its licence agreement with other municipalities. Rand Water has raised its maximum peak water production to 5,200 megalitres daily to cope with the increased demand.

Rand Water spokesperson Makenosi Maroo pointed to the ongoing heatwave as a significant factor contributing to the high water consumption in the province. Maroo stated, “The impact of the heatwave continues to result in high consumption above the set targets in all Gauteng metros. Technical teams from Rand Water and Gauteng metros continue to collaborate in implementing interventions that strive to stabilise reservoirs’ levels and water supply to various areas.”

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Minister Ntshavheni emphasised that municipalities and relevant ministers are working on a comprehensive plan to address the infrastructure-related problems causing water shortages. “There is a program that the Minister of Water and Sanitation, together with executive mayors of the metros and other district municipalities, at that point, they were meeting every second week to discuss plans to make sure that they can curb water losses and plans to upgrade the infrastructure.”


While urging residents to use water sparingly, Ntshavheni acknowledged the impact of the recent heatwave across the country, noting that high water consumption was unavoidable as people needed to stay hydrated, and those with swimming pools were required to use water for recreational purposes. The situation underscores the importance of coordinated efforts to manage water resources effectively and implement sustainable solutions amid changing climatic conditions.

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