Rand water, 87-hour water shutdown, shutdown of water, pipeline repair, pipeline replacement, accordance with schedule

The maintenance of infrastructure by Rand Water is moving in accordance with the schedule. Photo: @Rand_Water / Twitter

Rand Water moving ‘well in accordance’ with repair schedule

The 87-hour planned maintenance of supply by Rand Water is ‘progressing well in accordance with the schedule’.

Rand water, 87-hour water shutdown, shutdown of water, pipeline repair, pipeline replacement, accordance with schedule

The maintenance of infrastructure by Rand Water is moving in accordance with the schedule. Photo: @Rand_Water / Twitter

Rand Water’s 87-hour pipeline repair is running ahead of schedule.

Infrastructure removal and repair started on 19 August

The repair started just before the weekend as technicians removed some old infrastructure. Rand Water notified residents about the repair and shutdown that would impact their water supply.

There were fears about the water supply being severely impacted by the repair but reports state that residents have not faced an interrupted supply. Rand Water shut down the crucial pipeline in order to replace it. Residents were also urged to use water sparingly during this time.

Residents have not yet reported any water shortages

Rand Water executive director Eddie Singo advised areas that are facing water shortages to call their local municipalities, reports EWN.

“So far we don’t have areas that do not have water, and we truly are hoping that we will still have water by the time we finish the work however those areas that are experiencing water shortages are advised to call their municipalities the City of Joburg or the City of Tshwane or City of Ekurhuleni,” said Singo.

Gauteng areas affected by Rand Water shutdown

Several areas in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni in Gauteng are set to be affected by an 87-hour shutdown due to planned maintenance by Rand Water. The maintenance will start at 17:00 on Friday, 19 August and is expected to be completed by 08:30 on Tuesday, 23 August.

The potable water supplier which supplies Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West amongst other provinces said the maintenance is for the newly constructed B6 pipeline which has been constructed to augment a portion of the already existing pipeline.

Just last week, Rand Water implemented a 53-hour shutdown which affected six municipalities in Gauteng. Rand Water spokesperson, Judith Khoza said they have advised the City of Ekurhuleni, City of Tshwane, Johannesburg Water and its direct customers to allow them to execute their appropriate contingency plans. Read the full story here.