Water supply interruptions were experienced in a number of areas in Ekurhuleni in past weeks due to supply restrictions imposed by bulk water supplier, Rand Water. This also affected other metros in Gauteng.
According to Rand Water, the restrictions were due to the affected municipalities using more water than the allocated threshold driven by higher demand from their customers.
The City’s head of Water and Sanitation Department Mduduzi Shabangu said this was largely because of the natural progression in population growth and developments in the City. This resulted in low water pressure to no water supply in some areas. There are some areas still affected, but most have since stabilised.
“Our water source said we were buying over the threshold allocated to us, and that their systems were struggling to cope with the demand for the supply of water needed by our City. This is something that needs all customers to conserve water as it is a scarce resource,” Shabangu said.
Shabangu said the City has fully-fledged and well-trained technical personnel who have been working around the clock to not only oversee and monitor the situation, but also ensure that areas that have been facing complete water shut downs had water tankers either roving around or stationed at strategic public roads.
Shabangu has implored everyone to take up the responsibility to save water. “It is no longer an option but something that must be done,” he said.
“Everyone must play their part so that there is water to sustain everyone. Save water in your business and in your home. Reuse water as much as you can and every day. We must reach a point where saving water is our lifestyle,” Shabangu said.