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Six municipalities will be affected by Rand Water’s 53-hour planned shutdown. Image: Flickr

Water shutdown: Soweto and Johannesburg CBD among affected areas

This is a tough one to take. First Eskom and now Johannesburg residents have a water shutdown to start next week. Here are the affected areas.

Rand Water

Six municipalities will be affected by Rand Water’s 53-hour planned shutdown. Image: Flickr

Gauteng’s water utility Rand Water has announced Johannesburg will face a water shutdown from Monday 15 November to Wednesday 17 November.


The South African water supplier issued a statement on Monday 8 November. The note included a schedule of when to expect the outages, Eskom-style.

Rand Water said the issue has come as a result of B11 and B19 pipelines. The company said the B19 in particular, is a Pipeline Augmentation Project and is the final leg of this programme that will increase the volumes of the B19 pipeline and therefore ensure sustainable supply of water to the consumers.

“Rand Water has provided the affected municipal customers with a 21-days notification of the scheduled shutdown to allow them to execute their appropriate contingency plans. Therefore, municipalities should communicate to their affected customers.”


An added statement revealed that the looming outage will affect the city for 54 hours, with a majority of the city’s suburbs set to feel the hardship.

“This will, unfortunately, impact on water supply from the Rand Water Eikenhof pump station to the South of Johannesburg CBD, Northern and Western areas as supply will be reduced by 25%. Water supply from the Rand Water Swartkoppies system to the central CBD will also be reduced by 50%,” the brief said.

“Water supply reduction will result in poor to no water supply during peak water demand periods in most high lying and high demand areas. Stationary and roaming water tankers will be made available where feasible to reduce the impact to consumers.”

Suburbs to be affected:

Roodepoort/Randburg area

  • Bergbron
  • Bromhof
  • Claremont
  • Constantia Kloof
  • Florida
  • Helderkruin
  • Honeydew
  • Kya Sands
  • Lanseria
  • Northriding
  • Northwold
  • Olivedale
  • Randparkridge
  • Ruimsing
  • Wilgeheuwel

Langlaagte/Southdale area

  • Brixton
  • Eagles Nest
  • Eikenhof
  • Emmarentia
  • Greenside
  • Mayfair
  • Melville
  • Mondeor
  • Newlands
  • Northcliff
  • Riverlea
  • Southgate
  • Vrededorp
  • Westcliff
  • Westdene

Soweto areas

  • Eldorado Park
  • Diepkloof
  • Dobsonville
  • Meadowlands
  • Orlando East and West
  • Protea North and South

Johannesburg CBD

  • Berea
  • Bruma
  • Cyrildene
  • Norwood
  • Parktown
  • Troyeville
  • Yeoville.

Meanwhile, Johannesburg residents will be hoping the water shutdown will not continue rolling beyond Wednesday.