Nov 29, 2021

Explosion Of Rand Water Pump To Affect Gauteng Residents

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Rand Water said it is working around the clock to conduct repairs and restore normal supply.

FILE PHOTO: Rand Water has reported that there will be shortage of water in Johannesburg, Pretoria and some parts of Ekhuruleni. PICTURE: Shutterstock

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JOHANNESBURG: The incident resulted in the depletion of reservoir levels within the Palmiet System.

Some of the areas in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane have a shortage of water due to the explosion of the Rand Water pump on Sunday.

The Gauteng water utility reported that its palmiet Booster Pumping Station was on Sunday rendered inoperative after three medium voltage motors, which are used to run the pumps, exploded.

The statement revealed that the following suburbs at Ekurhuleni are also affected, which included Tembisa, Clayville, Serengeti and surrounding areas that were affected in the metro.

Affected areas also included  Clayville Extension 45, 71, 80; Serengeti; Ililaba; Umthambeka; Emoyeni; Igqagqa; Emfihlweni; parts of Emangweni and Ixiweni; Esselen Park extensions and Friendship Town.

Furthermore, in Johannesburg affected areas included all suburbs of Midrand, as well as South Hills Towers, which covers Oakdene, Linmeyer, Risana, Rosettenville, Tulisa Park and Klipriviersberg.

The Rand Water stated that they are still investigating the cause of the explosion.

“The cause of the explosion is still unknown and a root cause analysis is currently being investigated. The repairs to the damaged infrastructure are also currently being done on an emergency basis,” said Rand Water.

It was reported that from Monday, the pump station was running at 55% of its normal daily capacity. The incident resulted in the depletion of reservoir levels within the Palmiet System. Therefore, some areas in the Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane metros will be affected.

Rand Water said it is working around the clock to conduct repairs and restore normal supply.

“The estimated time to full restoration is unknown. Rand Water will communicate same once the full assessment has been conducted,” the utility said.

Ekurhuleni said they are working tirelessly in order to supply their areas with the best solution for everyone.

In the interim, roving water tankers were to be dispatched to the affected areas.

“The City of Ekurhuleni wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused and reminds customers to keep their taps closed for the duration of the interruption.”

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