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Another week of possible water cuts

JOBURG – Gift of the Givers and Shoprite join forces to keep the water flowing for dried-up hospitals.

Load shedding could impact efforts to restore water reservoirs and tower to full capacity and usage.

As load shedding returns, residents affected by the weeks-long water outages caused by challenges at Rand Water’s Eikenhof pump station power failures are worrying once again. On 8 June the City of Johannesburg’s water entity, Johannesburg Water (JW), put out a statement reminding the public that the power outages caused by load shedding will have an effect on water supply as the Hursthill, Brixton and Crosby systems continue to improved slightly. According to JW areas still affected by the water outages are those in high-lying areas and both Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital and Helen Joseph Hospital remain impacted.

As the City waits for the situation to improve, they have acknowledged the efforts of the public, organisations and companies that have come on board to assist them. Gift of the Givers struck gold when their mission to drill for water at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital yielded results. On 3 June, at 72 metres below ground the NGO team found 7 000 litres of water followed by finding another 18 000 litres of water per hour at a depth of 83 metres. This water was and will continue to be pumped directly into the hospital infrastructure using booster pumps if proved to be fit for human usage and consumption.

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