Johannesburg Water plans to implement a 10-hour water shutdown for maintenance.

Johannesburg Water announces a water shutdown in some surburbs. Image: iStock

Johannesburg Water announces a 10-hour shutdown in multiple suburbs

Residents of several Johannesburg suburbs will face a 10-hour disruption in their water supply due to planned maintenance activities.

Johannesburg Water plans to implement a 10-hour water shutdown for maintenance.

Johannesburg Water announces a water shutdown in some surburbs. Image: iStock

On 14 May, residents of several Johannesburg suburbs, including Alexandra, Kew, Lombardy, Wynberg, Kelvin, Buccleuch, and Marlboro, will face a temporary disruption in their water supply due to planned maintenance activities.

The affected streets include 13th, 14th, 17th, and 20th Avenue, as well as Rooth and London Road. The maintenance is scheduled to take place from 7:00 to 17:00, impacting customers with no access to water during this period.

The interruption is necessary to facilitate the tie-in of a new water pipe to the existing mainline, aimed at improving water infrastructure and service delivery in the region.

Johannesburg Water prioritises innovation amid economic challenges

Johannesburg Water, the entity responsible for water and sanitation services in the city, emphasises its commitment to exploring innovative models to maximise service provision amidst economic challenges.

Nombuso Shabalala, the Spokesperson for Johannesburg Water, acknowledges the economic hurdles facing South Africa, including rising unemployment and escalating national debt, which have strained resources and necessitated creative approaches to service delivery.

Despite limited funding and increasing demands, Johannesburg Water remains dedicated to extending basic services to underserved communities through initiatives like the Informal Settlements Upgrade Programme.

In addition to infrastructure expansion, the entity prioritises maintenance and refurbishment projects under its Infrastructure Investment Programme to enhance resilience and reliability.

The entity underscores its commitment to addressing interruptions and bursts promptly through the Water Services Programme, aiming to reduce leaks and sewer blockages.

“The programme aims to reduce leaks and address sewer blockages promptly,” said Johannesburg Water.

To ensure financial sustainability, the entity plans to implement a Revenue Enhancement Programme targeting reductions in Non-Revenue Water and improved meter reading accuracy.

“Johannesburg Water plans to enhance its financial sustainability through the Revenue Enhancement Programme, targeting reductions in Non-Revenue Water and improvements in meter reading accuracy,” said the entity.

Programme aims to optimise consumption across diverse communities

Furthermore, the Water Demand Management Programme aims to optimise consumption levels and reduce dependency on external water sources.
Spanning a vast geographical area, Johannesburg Water serves communities from Orange Farm in the south to Midrand in the north, Roodepoort in the west, and Alexandra in the east.

With a significant number of residents relying on its services, Johannesburg Water reiterates its dedication to achieving strategic goals and delivering quality services to all stakeholders in the upcoming financial year.