Water tankers deployed to two Joburg hospitals

Ahmed Areff, News24

Johannesburg - Water tankers have been deployed to parts of Johannesburg, including two hospitals, after several water towers almost ran dry, Johannesburg Water said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Hilgard Matthews told News24 that tankers were deployed to the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital as well as the Helen Joseph Hospital.

He said while the hospitals had their own water tanks on the premises, the tankers were sent to keep these topped up.

One of the towers that had a problem was in Brixton. The affected areas without water included Melville, Greenside, Auckland Park, Mayfair and Crosby among others.

"Basically, what happened was that the demand outstripped the supply."

He said the same thing happened with the Crown Gardens tower in the south of Johannesburg.

Those affected areas included Winchester Hills, Ormonde, Robertsham and Ridgeway.

He said water was being pumped back into the towers, and according to him some residents supplied by both towers reported that they now started to get water.

Johannesburg Water's supply comes from Rand Water, who could not be immediately reached for comment.

Another water tower in the Linmeyer and South Hills area also had a shortage, but Matthews could not comment on that one as it is a Rand Water tower.

The supply problems come as the City of Johannesburg announced earlier in the week that it was implementing level two water restrictions.

There are severe drought conditions in parts of the country, along with a week-long heatwave, with temperatures in Johannesburg expected to reach at least 36°C on Wednesday.

Anda Mbikwana, the spokesperson for environment and infrastructure MMC Tshidi Mfikoe told News24 water will probably return to the areas supplied by the Brixton tower on Wednesday evening.

He said there was a problem with power for the pumps, and that led to a decrease in water.

"There wasn't enough by the time power was restored, and there is a certain level it needs to be at in order to supply water."

According to Eyewitness News, Mfikoe said earlier that Rand Water told them water levels in reservoirs were dropping.

She said Rand Water's struggle to fill its reservoirs was affecting Johannesburg Water.

The City of Ekurhuleni issued an alert on Tuesday saying there was no water in at least 11 areas in Germiston. It had also deployed water tankers to some areas.

"If the situation in all of the areas above deteriorates further, the city will implement water shedding measures and shut off supply from 22:00 to 03:00," it said in a statement.

"Water levels at reservoirs will be continuously monitored by the city and water shedding measures will be implemented as required."

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