The City of Tshwane's Utility Services Department has, as of yesterday, 24 October 2019, temporarily shut down the Temba Water Treatment Plant because of water quality challenges from the Leeukraal Dam. These challenges were a result of a power failure at the Pyramid Substation that was caused by a lightning strike on Friday, 18 October 2019. As a result, the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works discharged partially treated effluent into the Apies River which feeds the Leeukraal Dam.
If the raw water quality has improved, the plant should resume operations within the next seven to ten days. In order to ensure water provision to residents, the City has made an arrangement with Magalies Water to increase the pumping capacity into the Babelegi Reservoir. In addition, roaming tankers will supply residents with water until the situation normalises.