News / South Africa

Pieter Dempsey
2 minute read
18 Jul 2018
3:31 pm

Third day without water for Sandton and surrounding suburbs

Pieter Dempsey

Several suburbs in Sandton are currently being affected by water outages. Some residents have not had water since Monday.

Johannesburg Water has released a statement on several water complaints on water outages in the Sandton area.

According to Isaac Dhludhlu, communications manager for Johannesburg Water, they are aware of the water outages affecting Woodmead, Parkmore, Strathavon, River Club, Sunninghill and Bryanston, reports Sandton Chronicle.

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In addition, he said that Johannesburg Water teams are currently attending to bursts in Parkmore, Sandown, and Woodmead. “These outages will be attended to within the stipulated turnaround times.”

Ward 90 councillor Martin Williams said that although there had been claims of sabotage by striking workers, these are being treated as not proven. Williams added that the lengthy outage has been distressing to many residents and he and Vincent Earp, the councillor for ward 103, have been inundated with complaints. However, they cannot provide an estimated time of restoration.

Dhludhlu said they are also experiencing a standby labour dispute at the Zandfontein Depot and it may have an impact on service delivery turnaround times after hours.

“This only affects the after-hours operations and not the current problems that are being attended too.”

He said that there are two teams on standby by from 4pm until 10pm, one for water and one for sewerage, who operate on after hours calls.

“Contingency measures have been put in place to attend to queries after hours through private contractors while the matter is being attended to by the Employer and the Labour Unions.”

He said turnaround times will be impacted as the contractor’s teams don’t know the area very well. However, customers are urged not to let anyone into their properties.

“We urge communities to report suspicious activities around Johannesburg Water infrastructure by sending the information to the Call Centre on 011 375 5555.”

Residents are also urged to continue to report all burst pipes, leaking water meters and open hydrants.

Several residents have been left without water since yesterday.

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