Rand Water shutdown update: status of impacted Johannesburg Water systems


The Rand Water shutdown commenced on Tuesday at 19:00, 11 July and will be completed at 05:00 on Friday, 14 July 2023.

Johannesburg Water technical teams are monitoring the entity’s impacted systems. This newspaper received this report
as at Wednesday afternoon, 12 July.

The following progress has been made:

Daleside Booster Pump Station (Ennerdale, Orange Farm and Lawyley areas)

The work has been completed according to the scheduled eight hours. Supply to all the areas is normalising.


Zwartjkopjes Booster Pump Station (Johannesburg South and CBD)
Reservoirs in this pump station still have some capacity but are taking a downward direction. Once work is completed, it is estimated that recovery will take five days.


Eikenhof Booster Pump Station (Greater Randburg / Rooderpoort areas)
This is the system that is mostly affected. All the towers and some reservoirs are empty. The recovery of this system will take up to ten days once work has been completed.

Ekeinhof Booster Pump Station (Soweto, South of Johannesburg and Lenasia)
The work is currently in progress. The Soweto reservoir and towers still have capacity. The Lenasia and South reservoirs are very low to empty. Recovery of the system will take up to ten days.

Johannesburg Water is providing stationary tankers in critical areas like hospitals, clinics, municipal offices, schools, and police stations. There are also roaming water tankers across the suburbs that are affected.

We thank residents who heeded the call to store water ahead of the Rand Water shutdown. Residents are also encouraged to keep their taps closed, as a forgotten unattended open tap can lead to flooding or at least a waste of water when the supply is restored.

Further updates will be provided as they become available.

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