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Rand Water confirms scheduled Johannesburg water shutdown

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Johannesburg Water has announced a water shutdown beginning today, 24 June 2019, for a period of 54-hours – affecting all Rand Water users.

The announcement was issued on Tuesday, 18 June 2019, stating, “Johannesburg Water advises all residents of the City of Johannesburg that Rand Water, which is our main bulk water supplier, is planning a major shutdown that will affect all our reservoirs and towers in terms of water supply for 54 hours from 24 June 2019.” The shutdown has been put in place due to 2500mm Butterfly valve from Lethabo to Vereeniging pumping station, being installed into the B11 pipeline. This will subsequently result in a limited water supply to all Rand Water customers.

Following customers’ complaints and frustrations made on Johannesburg Water’s social media pages, a following statement was published on Thursday, 20 June 2019, stating, “Please note that this does not necessarily mean that there will be no water during the 54-hour shutdown period, however, due to the extremely long hours, some areas may experience low pressure. Our Reservoirs have the capacity to supply for a maximum of two days at a time and the system will not run out of water as we will still get limited supply from Rand Water.”

Rand Water customers are urged to continue using water sparingly during the shutdown to avoid a complete no-water situation and are reminded that the level 1 water restrictions are still in place.

Sayushka Naidoo


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