Rand Water puts water restrictions, schooling disrupted

2021-Sep-02   06:27

Rand Water puts water restrictions, schooling disrupted
Rand Water says it might take yet another week for it to recover to sufficient water levels and it will continue to implement water cuts to reduce demand.
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- Gomolemo Mothomogolo

Rand Water says it might take yet another week for it to recover to sufficient water levels and it will continue to implement water cuts to reduce demand.

Water cuts have been implemented for almost week in parts of Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and City of Tshwane.

Rand Water's Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mahlomola Mehlo, said an improvement has been recorded in the storage water levels.

“The situation has improved a lot from when we started. With the curtailment our storage level were around 30%, we are sitting at around 38%-39% storage levels. You would recall that on the statement we had released we wish to recover to a maximum of 60% so we are well on our way to that recovery,” said Mehlo.

But Atteridgeville community leader, Samuel Masilela, said the water cuts have disrupted daily lives and schooling.

“There are some schools that have closed while others send learners back home early due to water cuts. At clinics some people are being turned back and requested to come earlier,” said Masilela.

The areas affected by water restrictions in Tshwane are Laudium, Atteridgeville, Lotus and Kosmosdal.

Rand water said it needs another week to recover.

“The recovery process on its own will take another week to recover our levels. However, the water conservation and demand management program will continue in an effort to get people to use water responsibly. This means that certain parts of the affected municipality will keep the restriction until such time when the consumption patterns would have changed for the better,” said Mehlo.

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