Residents in parts of Gauteng and the North West will be without water after the Rand Water Eikenhof pumping station exploded this afternoon.
“There was an explosion of an electrical transformer belonging to City Power. It affected Rand Water’s normal operations,” Rand Water spokesperson Justice Mohale said in a statement.
Mohale said it will affect water supply in parts of western Johannesburg, the West Rand, and Rustenburg in the North West.
Explosion at Rand Water’s Eikenhof Pumping Station: it will affect water supply to consumers in parts of western Johannesburg, the West Rand as well as Rustenburg in the North West province. @Rand_Water pic.twitter.com/dMT3dRjs3E
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) August 27, 2018
City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said emergency services were still fighting the fire.
“Inside the substation there is oil that is burning currently so it is not safe for our technicians to go inside. Once they have been given the green light we will be able to determine the cause of the fire,” Mangena said.
No staff members were injured during the explosion.
Power outages are expected in Naturena, Kibler Park, Alveda, Rand Water, Eikenhof and Lougherin.