Residents across Gauteng province and Rustenburg in the North West province can expect severely restricted water supply as a result of a power outage at a water treatment plant.
Rand Water’s Zuikerbosch pump station and water treatment works have been impacted by a power supply interruption from Eskom’s Snowden high voltage sub-station.
It’s understood that the substation’s transmission lines were affected by a veld fire on Sunday afternoon.
Eskom has managed to restore power to its substation in the early hours of Monday morning. Rand Water however warned that it could take up to two days for it to pump adequate water to supply Gauteng.
As a result of this power outage, Rand Water’s chief operator Mahlomola Mehlo said it lost 60% of its production capacity.
“There is a huge likelihood that there will be little to no water at all until we get this problem out of the way,” he said.
Even before this outage, Rand Water was already battling to meet demand and it was once again urging residents to use water sparingly as reservoir levels decline.