Rand Water informed the City of Tshwane this morning that the system supplying the eastern parts of the city has regressed as compared to yesterday. The reason for this is that their system is critically low. Due to this, some of the City’s reservoirs do not receive water.
The following areas are currently without water:
Mooikloof Reservoir: Mooikloof, Grootfontein reservoir: High-lying area of The Hills. The Wilds
Elardus Park Reservoir Elardus Park Reservoir: some parts of Moreleta Park
Pumping has commenced at the Elardus Park reservoir which is supplied by the Garsfontein reservoir and there’s an improvement in the water level. Residents in the supply area of the said reservoir will start receiving water as the level increases.
Meanwhile, the City has requested Rand Water to lift the restrictions on the reservoirs supplying the affected areas which the water utility implemented. However, to fill our reservoirs, the City is dependent on sufficient supply from the Rand Water system.
There is also a recorded slight improvement in the Rand Water’s reservoirs supplying the western parts of the City.
Areas that are currently without water are as follows:
Magalies reservoir: Rosslyn, Klipgat reservoir: Mabopane Block T, Akasia reservoir: High-lying areas of Amandasig, Soshanguve Block L reservoir: High-lying areas of Soshanguve Block L, M, K, K and L Extensions, Mnandi reservoir: some parts of Mnandi.
The City has requested Rand Water to also lift the restriction at the Akasia and Magalies Reservoirs which should improve the situation as soon as the lifting is implemented.
In Soshanguve Block L and Klipgat, the areas are affected by the low pressure from the Rand Water system which is constrained and the situation should improve as soon as the supply from Rand Water normalises. The City is also observing high water consumption in these areas to assist the system in recovery.
Tshwane is continuously monitoring its reservoirs to minimize the impact of the controlled/restricted flow from Rand Water, however, with the announcement that the country is returning to Stage 5 load-shedding, there will be potential knock-on challenges that will occur due to this ongoing crisis. A key challenge is that extensive load shedding is affecting the pumping of water, which results in water outages, particularly in high-lying areas.
Much of the City of Tshwane’s water and sanitation reticulation systems rely on electricity. Our water treatment works and pump stations need electricity to operate. While we have reservoirs with storage to last through short interruptions, those reservoirs rely on continuous flow to maintain levels and be prepared for outages.
The continuous flow relies on the pump stations running to pump water but with load-shedding occurring so frequently and for extended periods, the continuous flow of water is interrupted and this means that reservoirs that are under significant pressure, such as those serving high-lying areas, may slowly have their water level lowered until they threaten to run dry.