Rand Water confirms implementation of 'water shifting' in Gauteng

Rand Water confirms implementation of 'water shifting' in Gauteng

Rand Water confirmed on Sunday confirmed the implementation of water shifting in a bid to ensure water supply to all areas in Gauteng. 

Children cleaning hands with water on faucet
Children cleaning hands with water on faucet/Pexels/@RDNE Stock project

The utility believes the system will ensure an "equitable and balanced supply of water to residents". 

Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu encouraged water service authorities, including Rand Water, to implement water shifting to ensure no area sits without water for a prolonged period.

Gauteng's three metros have been battling with erratic water supply over the past month due to storm-damaged infrastructure and a sudden rise in temperatures.

Taps have been running dry in many areas across Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni over the past two weeks.

The department believes the main cause of water interruptions in the three cities is intermittent power cuts that affect the reservoir pump stations to pump more water as well as the low water levels of the water storage.

Rand Water's spokesperson Makenosi Maroo said the new system is part of the utility's interim plan to address the issue in the three metros. 

"Rand Water is implementing water shifting as a management tool to balance its system. Water shifting means moving water from one system to another to ensure a balanced and equitable supply of water to municipal customers and residents," she said.


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