Rand Water pulls the plug on Johannesburg: no water for 54 hours!

Dylan Bettencourt

While still staggering from the continuous body blows of load shedding, residents in Johannesburg will have to deal with limited to no water supply during peak water demand for three days.

Rand Water has announced that a 54-hour water shutdown will start on Monday morning until Wednesday 17 November. 

Rand Water said that they are working on their raw water pipe that provides the Vereeniging water purification plant. 

“As a result, the plant will not be operational from 5am, 15 November for a period of 54 hours,” the water utility said in a statement. 

The affected water supply will see shutdowns in the majority of Johannesburg areas with other areas seeing water supply cut by 25%. 

Rand Water added that the water shutdown will not see a total cut in water supply but rather a limited supply of water in households as their Eikenhof pump station undergoes maintenance. 

“Rand Water has noted with great concern the media reports purporting total water cuts in the Gauteng Province because of the planned tie-in from 15-17 November. A planned tie-in is by no means a total cut-off of water supply,” the statement explained.

The water shutdown forms part of the company’s B19 Pipeline Augmentation Project with this being the final phase of the programme that will allow increased volumes through the pipes and create a more sustainable supply of water to customers. 

A total of 44 areas across Johannesburg will be affected by the shutdown. 


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