Following intense bouts of load shedding in Johannesburg, the long-suffering residents in some parts of the city now face the prospect of going ‘waterless’ in the days ahead.
Three regions are on course for an 11-hour period without water, starting from Tuesday. Those living in each affected suburb will be required to source their own supply before their taps are taken offline. A planned tie-in to a new water system accounts for two outages, and a ‘replacement main’ is responsible for the other interruption.
In a statement issued over the weekend, Johannesburg Water also revealed that there could be more ‘unplanned disruptions’ to the supply – brought on by load shedding. When the lights go out, the power needed to keep the reticulation system running smoothly is often lacking – and JW has asked the public to prepare accordingly.
“We ask residents to also kindly take note of load shedding schedules, and power outages can also affect the water supply. Residents are required to keep water in storage containers for drinking purposes. Locals are encouraged to subscribe to our website and SMS services for alerts on all service interruptions.”
— Johannesburg Water (@JHBWater) June 11, 2021