High water demand during the heatwave and reduced supply is affecting Johannesburg Water reservoirs and towers, the utility says, as it appeals to residents to reduce usage.
“Various Johannesburg Water infrastructure (reservoirs and towers) are low to empty due to reduced supply from Rand Water as well high-water demand (usage),” the entity said in a statement at about 11:45 am on Tuesday.
Puleng Mopeli, Johannesburg Water spokesperson said affected systems include Commando, Soweto and Central systems.
“Crosby, Brixton and Hursthill systems are critically low to empty. Eagle Nest, Glenvista, and Naturena reservoirs are at critical low levels.
“Crown Gardens as well as Alan Manor reservoirs are at critically low levels. Pumps supplying Crown Gardens tower, has been isolated due to low reservoir levels.
“South Hills Tower is on bypass supply due to lower supply from Rand Water’s Meyer’s Hill reservoir. Customers in higher lying areas will experience low pressure/ no water during this period.
The utility urged residents to use water sparingly. Joburg Water said Rahima Moosa and Helen Joseph hospital have been affected as they do not have water supply.
“Critical customers, such as Rahima Moosa hospital and Helen Joseph hospital are impacted at this time. Water is being provided through mobile tankers to the hospitals, in order to sustain their supply.
“Alternatively, water supply is being provided to other affected areas through stationary water tanks and mobile tankers. Further updates will be provided to residents. Customers should note level 1 water restrictions that are implemented from 1 September 2022 to 31 March 2023.”
Source: Times Live, Jacaranda FM, The Citizen, Business Tech, Africa News Agency, image from Twitter: @JHBWater