Johannesburg Water spokesperson Isaac Dhludhlu has assured concerned residence that planned maintenance to a Rand Water pipeline will not impact water supply to the city.
Johannesburg Water shutdown
Earlier in the week, Joburg Water caused a stir by announcing their main water supplier Rand Water would be shutting off for a period of no less than 54 hours.
The shutdown is planned in order to do maintenance on the main pipeline that serves water to the city.
“The shutdown will also affect a number of municipalities across the Gauteng Province and we apologize for the inconvenience,” said the department in a statement at the time.
“Johannesburg Water appeals to all residents of the City of Johannesburg to use water sparingly during the shutdown in order to avoid a complete no-water situation and reminds all that level 1 water restrictions are still in place.”
With no other details given at the time, residents began to get concerned that they may be without water for more than two full days.
Promises to keep it flowing
However, thankfully, the city has now made some clarifications. The maintenance will go on as planned, but water should not run out.
They revealed a Rand Water purification plant will still be operational throughout the maintenance and dams will be filled to capacity before the shutdown happens to ensure there is enough water to sustain the city throughout.
“During the maintenance period the Rand Water purification plant will still be operational and will supply water to our water supply systems for the duration of valve installation so as to help in efforts to replenish our reservoirs,” Dhludhlu said.
“Rand Water will also supply water via the Palmiet and Eikenhof pump stations to Joburg Water reservoirs.
“Our reservoirs have the capacity to supply water for up to two days. We appeal to all residents of the City of Johannesburg to use water sparingly during the shutdown in order to avoid a complete no-water situation.”