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Prepare for possible water problems

This is separate from the water cuts threatened by Rand Water due to our municipality's non-payment of their account.

Rand Water warns that residents of the Merafong City Local Municipality area might be stuck without water due to maintenance toward the end of the month.

The bulk water provider warned on 3 June that it will be doing “extensive proactive maintenance” on its infrastructure from 22 June to 29 July this year.

It plans to do the maintenance now, during winter, as it is a time of lower water demand. As part of the maintenance work Rand Water’s important
Eikenhof pump station will only be pumping at 50 per cent of its capacity for eight hours and then at only 67 per cent of its capacity for the next 64 hours from 24 to 27 June.

This cut in water supply will affect Merafong together with Mogale City, Rand West City, Johannesburg Water, Madibeng, Rustenburg, Royal Bafokeng as well as various surrounding mines and industries.

Although various other pumping stations will also not pump water to their full capacity, this is not expected to affect Merafong.According to Rand Water’s spokesperson, Ms Makenosi Maroo, Rand Water will give updates throughout the maintenance period and have requested municipalities to advise their customers on how it will affect them directly and what contingency plans will been put in place to lessen the affect of the water cuts.

Although the Herald asked the Merafong City Local Municipality what plans it has put in place to help ratepayers, no feedback was received.
This maintenance is not linked to the warnings sent out by Rand Water that it will curb our water supply due to the municipality not paying its account.

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