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  • UPDATE: RAND WATER INTERRUPTION SPREADS TO PRETORIA WEST AREAS

    UPDATE: RAND WATER INTERRUPTION SPREADS TO PRETORIA WEST AREAS

    Tue, Dec 11, 2018

    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:

     

    ·         Ga-Rankuwa

    ·         Mabopane

    ·         Winterveld

    ·         Soshanguve

    ·         Ga-Rankuwa Industrial

    ·         Atteridgeville

    ·         Saulsville

    ·         Laudium

    ·         Bakenkop

    ·         Rooihuiskraal North

    ·         Heuweloord

    ·         Lyttelton

    ·         Unitas Hospital

    ·         Erasmia

    ·         Christoburg

    ·         Valhalla

     

    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 reservoirs.

     

    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.

     

    Furthermore, 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.

     

    Residents 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 a hosepipe.

     

    Where 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).

     

    Residents and businesses are advised to follow the tips below to reduce their water usage further:

     

    ·         Use grey water for watering gardens and flushing toilets.

    ·         Report water leaks and pipe bursts.

    ·         Install water-saving devices.

    ·         Where possible, install a low-flow showerhead and tap aerators.

    ·         Use a dual-flush toilet cistern.

    ·         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.

     

    Note:

    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.

     

    The 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 tips.


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