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By Cornelia Le Roux

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Joburg water outage: Come rain or snow… 58-hour shutdown starts on Tuesday

Snow in the city will not deter Johannesburg Water from implementing its planned 58-hour water shutdown.


Monday’s snowfall across parts of Johannesburg will not put the brakes on this week’s 58-hour water outage, which will affect several regions in the city.

Rand Water – which will be carrying out planned maintenance – said it has been inundated with phone calls from residents about whether the major outage will still commence on Tuesday.

“We had a meeting this morning and the shutdown is continuing,” Rand Water communications manager Makenosi Maroo told News24 on Monday morning.

According to Maroo, water experts concluded that weather conditions would not cause an interference with the entity’s upgrades.

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Johannesburg water outage extended by 14 hours

On Friday, Johannesburg Water announced that the planned shutdown has been extended and will come to an end 14 hours later than previously communicated.

The 58-hour-long shutdown, which will affect almost 138 areas, is scheduled to start from 7pm on Tuesday, 11 July.

The completion date of the maintenance has been moved from 3pm on Thursday, 13 July, to 5am on Friday, 14 July

Full system recovery could take up to two weeks

Johannesburg Water said that the full recovery of the system after the shutdown may take up to five days or even as long as 14 days for some areas after supply has been restored.

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Rand Water maintenance project

The purpose of the shutdown is to complete a tie-in with a new pipeline, install isolation valves and upgrade Rand Water’s Eikenhof pump station, which have been plagued by crippling power outages and pump failures in recent months.

According to Rand Water, the maintenance includes the replacement of multiple valves at the Vereeniging water treatment plant, Eikenhof booster pumping station and Zuikerbosch water treatment plant.

The last part of the project will be to work on electrical boards at Lethabo pumping station.

Booster stations will be affected

During the shutdown, Johannesburg Water infrastructure supplied by Eikenhof pump station will have no water supply, as well as those areas receiving direct supply from Rand Water. 

Rand Water said that some residents within the local municipalities of Rustenburg, Mogale City, and the Rand West “will experience intermittent water supply” while the maintenance project is implemented.

Water supply in the affected areas at Daleside booster station will be reduced by 50% for a period of eight hours.

At Zwartkopjes booster station, it will be reduced by 40% for a period of 24 hours, and by 24% Eikenhof Booster Station for a period of 58 hours.

Alternative water supply

Roaming water tankers will be provided to the affected areas and Johannesburg Water will arrange for alternative supply at hospitals, clinics, schools, municipal offices, police stations and shopping centres.

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Here are all the areas that will be affected

The following 138 areas are expected to be impacted by the outage:

Roodepoort and Randburg:

  • Bergbron
  • Claremont
  • Delarey
  • Whiteridge
  • Roodekrans (all ext)
  • Wilropark (all ext)
  • Helderkruin (all ext)
  • Constantia Kloof (all ext)
  • Allens Nek (all ext)
  • Weltevreden (all ext)
  • Florida Hills
  • Florida North
  • Discovery (all ext)
  • Selwyn
  • Florida Township
  • Horison
  • Horison View
  • Roodepoort North
  • Florida Park (all ext)
  • Constantia Park
  • Honeydew (all ext)
  • Zandspruit
  • Laserpark
  • Randpark Ridge
  • Cosmo City
  • Lanseria
  • Thabo Mbeki Informal settlement
  • Olivedale
  • Sundowner
  • Northwold
  • Boskruin
  • Bromhof
  • Kya Sands
  • Bloubosrand
  • Eagle Canyon
  • Honeydew View
  • Poortview
  • Ruimsig
  • Wilgeheuwel
  • Princess
  • Grobler Park (all ext)
  • Lindhaven
  • Little Falls
  • Harveston
  • Honeydew (all ext)
  • Parts of Northriding

Langlaagte/ Southdale area:

  • Mondeor
  • Southgate
  • Meredale
  • Alan Manor
  • Eagles Nest
  • Southfork
  • Kibler Heights
  • Eikenhof
  • Lougherin A.H
  • Coronationville
  • Westbury
  • Claremont
  • Triomf
  • Westdene
  • Newlands
  • Greymont
  • Albertskroon
  • Albertsville
  • Langlaagte
  • Industria
  • Bosmont
  • Riverlea
  • Longdale
  • Vrededorp
  • Fordsburg
  • Brixton
  • Mayfair
  • Cottesloe
  • Janhofmeyer
  • Rossmore
  • Hursthill
  • Montclare
  • Melville
  • Emmerentia
  • Auckland Park
  • Greenside
  • Westcliff
  • Parkview
  • Fairlands
  • Berario
  • Northcliff (all ext)
  • Southdale
  • Booysens Reserve
  • Ormonde
  • Mondeor
  • Nasrec
  • Ophirton
  • Lake View
  • Selby
  • Evans Park
  • Robertsham
  • Winchester Hills
  • Reuven
  • Ridgeway
  • Theta
  • Selby South
  • Aeroton
  • Ormonde
  • Baragwanath Ext 1
  • Ormonde View

Soweto:

  • Pimville
  • Power Park
  • Diepkloof
  • Orlando East
  • Orlando West
  • Dobsonville
  • Naturena Klipspruit
  • Meadowlands
  • Comptonville
  • Meredale
  • Moroka
  • Jabavu
  • Molapo
  • Jabulani
  • Tladi
  • Moletsane
  • Mofolo South
  • Mapetla
  • Zola
  • Zondi
  • Naledi and all extensions
  • Emdeni
  • Mofolo north
  • Mofolo central
  • parts of Dube
  • Chiavelo and extensions
  • Protea North
  • Protea South
  • Dhlamini and extensions
  • Eldoradopark and all extensions
  • Klipspruit west
  • Klipspruit

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