Residents in Pretoria East will experience a water outage for 12 hours from Monday following a planned shutdown during which Rand Water will perform maintenance repairs.
This is the third water stop in February. Several parts of Tshwane were hit by water supply problems earlier this month due to a power outage at a Rand Water booster station.
Water outage in Tshwane
Rand Water will install tie-ins and meter connections on the newly installed pipeline from Monday 28 February at 5 pm.
If everything goes according to plan, the work will be completed on Tuesday, March 1, at 5 a.m.
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Affected areas in Tswane
Reservoirs in the following affected areas will be filled prior to closure:
- Kwagga fountain
- Mahabe Valley
- Portion 23, Black Heads (Savannah Country Estate)
- Sammy Marks Museum
- Silver Lakes
- Six Fountains
- Willow Acres
Previous water outage
Rand Water shut off the water supply to the Vlakfontein Reservoir on February 19, which supplies power to parts of regions three, four and six – largely the eastern part of Pretoria.
The water and sanitation department of the city of Tshwane said it was not informed that the water supply had been cut off, but it turned out that the reservoir had been closed from Friday for repairs.
“The city has not been informed by Edge Water about this shutdown and we are escalating the matter,” said Water and Sanitation MMC Phillip Nel.
How to save water?
The city of Tshwane called on residents to “conserve water and use it sparingly at all times”.
- Make sure the drip valves are closed properly.
- Fix leaking faucets and toilets as soon as possible.
- Wash your vehicle on the grass and water your lawn at the same time.
- Place an empty 2 liter plastic bottle or a rock in the water tank of the toilet.
- Use a watering can instead of a garden hose whenever possible.
- Shorten your shower time and install water-reducing heads.
- Reduce the amount of bath water and avoid filling the bath to a depth of more than 100 mm.
- Do not leave the tap open while shaving or brushing your teeth; use a glass of water to rinse instead.
- Reuse bath and shower water for your garden and potted plants.
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to keep them hydrated for longer.
- Only use an automatic washing machine on full loads.
- Do not run the tap while cleaning vegetables.
Curated by Cheryl Kahla; additional reporting by Narissa Subramoney