Parts of Laudium, Saulsville and Atteridgeville, west
of the Pretoria CBD, are the latest to be affected by a Rand Water service
interruption. The reservoir levels started dwindling greatly in these areas on
10 December 2018.
Yesterday, the City’s Water and Sanitation Department
indicated that the electrical problem that occurred on Rand Water's Palmiet
pump station on 8 December 2018 resulted in water shortages in Region 1 and 4
and later Region 3.
The following areas are affected by
the water utility's interruption:
The pump station concerned has been repaired, but
restrictions are now imposed. Rand Water is continuously monitoring reservoirs
that reached unacceptable levels over the recent weekend. Water supply will be
restored once the water levels are sufficient and have stabilised in the
Water tankers have been dispatched to deliver water to
the affected areas. Ward Councillors have been coopted to give support, as they
know the immediate needs of the communities they represent.
Rand Water indicated that water consumption has increased drastically over the
past couple of weeks, resulting in a shortage of bulk water supply to Tshwane.
and businesses are not allowed to:
Water gardens between
06:00 and 18:00;
Use hosepipes to clean
driveways or patios; and
Wash cars/vehicles with
the bulk water demand is not sufficiently reduced, the City of Tshwane may
implement Level 2 or 3 restrictions in terms of the Water Supply Tariffs
(Provincial Gazette, 28 June 2017).
and businesses are advised to follow the tips below to reduce their water usage
Use grey water for
watering gardens and flushing toilets.
Report water leaks and
Where possible, install
a low-flow showerhead and tap aerators.
Use a dual-flush toilet
Plant indigenous or
drought-resistant shrubs in the garden.
Collect rainwater for
re-use in the garden or for washing the car.
Cover the swimming pool
to reduce evaporation.
Take a shower rather
than a bath.
Close a running tap
while brushing teeth or shaving.
Regularly check toilets
and taps for leaks.
Check and repair a leak
in your toilet.
Search for internal
pipe leaks by closing all internal taps, including the stopcock at the toilet
cistern. The small wheel on the water meter should not turn.
Consider drilling a
borehole for irrigation.
Drilling of boreholes
in suburbs underlain by dolomite bedrock is prohibited due to the risk of
dolomite instability, except if certified as safe by an appropriate
professionally registered person. An appropriate sign must be visible if a
borehole exists on a property.
City appeals to residents to please remain vigilant to wastage of water, and
make saving water part of their lifestyle by following the above-mentioned