Still No water!

TapJohannesburg – The restoration of water in Gauteng will be gradual and people should use water sparingly, Rand Water said on Sunday.

“When water is restored it is gradual; we will not restore water in all areas at the same time,” spokesperson Justice Mohale said.

“We know we do have people who do not have water. Let’s try conserve a bit because we do have people who don’t use water discreetly… Please just wait a bit until we normalise the situation.”

Mohale said that throughout the week water levels in reservoirs had been fluctuating, which was normal.

Water levels were at 40% on Saturday but dropped on Sunday morning, he said.

“There was a serious drop. Contributing factors could be that people stored water in buckets thinking water would not come back again,” said Mohale.

“We give ourselves two weeks to get sufficient water supply – that’s our target and that can only happen if there are no interruptions like cable theft or power failures to pump water. We have to normalise water.”

Mohale said he was not sure which areas were still dry but said “very few areas” were still without water.

Earlier on Sunday, Ekurhuleni municipality said the water supply was stabilising after Bedfordview and Primrose started receiving water after a period of shortages.

Spokesperson Themba Gadebe said the two areas were the last of 10 to stabilise after the municipality and Rand Water restored water to affected areas.

“We will however continue to monitor the situation closely. At this stage we are grateful for the stability and we wish to express gratitude to our residents, who in the face of frustration, still managed to exercise patience,” Gadebe said.

Gauteng has been hit by water shortages – apparently due to the theft of electrical cables needed for reservoirs to pump water.

The shortage has affected parts of Ekurhuleni, the West Rand, Johannesburg and Tshwane.

On Saturday, the Gauteng provincial command team of the Economic Freedom Fighters said Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane was to blame for the current water crisis in the province from when she was premier.

“The current water crisis in Gauteng happens just weeks after the then premier, Nomvula Mokonyane was appointed as a minister of Water and Sanitation. This is a clear indication that she left this province in a complete mess and must be held accountable for the problem we are faced with,” Mgcini Tshwaku said in a statement.

“We completely reject the misleading statements by Rand Water and the minister blaming the crisis on cable theft. The reality is that water infrastructure in the province is old and needs to be upgraded.”

Mokonyane’s office was not available for comment on Saturday and Sunday.

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