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An explosion in one of the Rand Water pumps in Pretoria West.
Photo via Twitter: Rand Water

Pump station explosion leaves parts of Gauteng and the North West waterless

Residents may also face electricity disruptions.

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An explosion in one of the Rand Water pumps in Pretoria West.
Photo via Twitter: Rand Water

Parts of Gauteng and the North West province have been left high and dry following an explosion at the Rand Water Eikenhof Pumping station on Monday.

Rand Water, the utility operating in Gauteng, confirmed the explosion via its Twitter account, stating:

“Supply to parts of western JHB and the West Rand (Roodepoort, Krugersdorp, Rand West, Rustenburg and surrounding mines) may be affected.”

According to a media statement issued by the company, the electrical transformer, which is owned by the City of Johannesburg and powers the Eikenhof water Pumping facilities, burst into flames at around 13:00 on Monday afternoon.

Cause of explosion not yet known

While the reason for the explosion is not yet known, technicians from Rand Water and City power are currently on site, assessing the damages and attempting to investigate the cause of the inferno.

Isaac Mangena, spokesperson for City Power, spoke to News24 on the hazardous environment posed by the blaze, saying:

“Inside the substation there is oil that is burning currently so it is not safe for our technicians to go inside. Once they have been given the green light we will be able to determine the cause of the fire.”

Luckily, while residents are inconvenienced, no injuries have been reported as a direct result of the explosion.

According to the City, water supply to the western districts is not the only interruption to be expected. Power outages are also expected in Naturena, Kibler Park, Alveda, Rand Water, Eikenhof and Lougherin.  The Johannesburg Prison is also affected.

Residents urged to reduce water consumption immediately

Mangena has issued a public apology to all residents affected by the outages, saying:

“City Power apologises for the inconvenience caused to the affected customers and will continue to provide updates as and when new information becomes available.”

Speaking to the Comaro Chronicle, Ward 54 councillor, Sergio dos Santos, has advised residents to use water sparingly, saying:

“In all likelihood the water supply to our reservoirs may be affected. Please reduce water supply immediately but at the same time try and store some water in case water supply is interrupted.”

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