File picture: Antoine de Ras
File picture: Antoine de Ras

Pipe burst causes water disruptions in Joburg CBD

By Mary-Jane Mphahlele Time of article published Oct 24, 2016

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Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg water utility on Monday announced that many residents within the inner city would be without water supply following a major pipe burst near Faraday over the weekend.

In a statement, Joburg Water said it had to provide water tanks for residents in the central Johannesburg who would still be without water for the rest of the day on Monday as technicians were still working to fix the burst pipe.

“Residents in the Johannesburg CBD will still be without water for the rest of the day due to major burst. Water tanks are available,” Joburg Water said.

The pipe which reportedly burst at the corner of Faraday and Stephen street has been affecting the water supply between 9am and 6pm since Saturday due to planned interruption as technicians were “doing tie-in”.

A number of buildings, including The Star offices, have been affected by the disturbed water supply.

Joburg Water said water tankers have been stationed at Africa Museum in Newtown, Ghandi Square in central city, and Clinix in Selby Park.

This comes amid new restrictions and penalties announced by member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for environment and infrastructure services.

The Department of Water and Sanitation decided to limit the abstraction of water for urban and irrigation purposes in the catchment areas of the dams supplying the Vaal River and Orange River systems.

The introduced drastic measures included completely prohibiting the use of sprinklers and adding an additional levy on existing water restriction tariffs.

The Water and Sanitation Department has also announced that the country’s national storage is under increasing stress. It is further alleged that the dam levels are under continued, steady decline week-on-week.

African News Agency

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