Johannesburg Water systems showing steady progress

Johannesburg Water systems continue to show gradual improvement. Most notably, the areas that are recovering include Lenasia and Soweto, Johannesburg CBD, as well as some parts of Johannesburg South.

The Randburg/Roodepoort areas continue to be critical and Johannesburg Water teams are closely monitoring this area.

However, customers are reminded that the system is dynamic and constantly changes. Furthermore, load shedding schedules play a huge role in recovery times.

As at Saturday morning, 15 July, Johannesburg Water systems were as follows: Randburg/Roodepoort A vandalised air valve on the Rand Water Q2 pipe that also supplies the Randburg/Roodepoort system has been vandalised and is leaking, as a result, pumping had to be reduced to execute repairs, and thus affecting supply into that system.

Therefore, recovery is slow. Furthermore, load shedding is impacting pumping at many Roodepoort tower zones, including Florida North, Helderkruin, Horizon, Waterval, and Witpoortjie.

Overall, the system is less than 50% recovered. This is furthermore exasperated by the high demand of water where water is available.

Additional roaming water tankers have been arranged to be placed at critical areas.

Suburbs without water: Discovery, Ontdekkers Park, Horizon View, Princess Informal Settlement, Roodekrans, Heldekriun, Amarosa, Wilropark, Radiokop, Roodepoort CBD, Sundowner, and parts of Randpark Ridge. Suburbs with water: Parts of Randpark Ridge, Witpoortjie (but at lower pressure), Jukskei Park, Johannesburg North, Kya Sands, Bloubosrand, Lion Pride, Cosmo City Business Park, Cosmo City, Thabo Mbeki Informal Settlement, Lanseria, and parts of Florida.

Lenasia/Soweto: Improvements are showing in Lenasia and Soweto areas; however, additional water tankers are being moved to Soweto.

The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital has also been prioritised.

Suburbs with water: In Lenasia, several areas have noted that water has returned, such as Lenasia South and extensions, Lehae, Vlakfontein, Kanana Park, Zakariyya Park, Finetown, and Migson Manor.

Suburbs without water: Finetown North. Commando (Brixton, Hursthill, Crosby)

The Brixton reservoir outlet has been opened at 50% and pumping into the Brixton tower resumed this morning, therefore areas fed by the reservoir and tower should be seeing improvements of water supply during the course of the day.

The Hursthill reservoirs are still struggling so the areas in this zone still do not have water.

Alternative water supply will be provided.

Johannesburg South and CBD Additional water tankers are being moved to Johannesburg CBD to service critical areas.

The Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital is being supplied by the emergency line from the Crosby reservoir, while pumping has resumed at Helen Joseph Hospital.

CBD: The greater Johannesburg CBD should have water restored; however. Furthermore, areas fed by the Parktown and Berea reservoirs will still have low pressure to no water, especially high-lying areas.

South: Some areas in the south that are showing improvement include the Glenvista, Mondeor, and Glenanda zones as the reservoirs have recovered.

However, the Crown Gardens system is still struggling. The reservoir has low water levels, and the tower zone is empty because there is no pumping into the tower.

Once the reservoir levels pick up, only then can pumping into the tower resume. However, low-lying areas should start getting water

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