Following water interruption in some parts of Tshwane, Laudium community took  to the streets to raise their grievances and frustrations about the issue. Frustrated as they are, they blocked roads like R55 with rocks on Monday 30th of August in the afternoon as they said they were still without water. During the protest, some residents said that some areas had been without water for five days. 

In a statement, Tshwane metro said that Rand Water were unable to ensure an adequate supply of water to reservoirs supporting Laudium, Atteridgeville and surrounding areas. “Towards the end of last week, the city established the water levels in the reservoirs supplying Laudium, Atteridgeville and surrounding areas were critically low,” the statement read.

“We engaged our colleagues at Rand Water who indicated they were having water supply challenges but that they would be rectified soon,” said Tshwane metro utility services further explained on the statement. Residents were further promised that by Saturday, the situation had not been resolved and it required a “high-level engagement” with the minister, premier and the mayor.

“It was agreed that Rand Water teams would address this issue to ensure that pressure levels should be sustained. Since we started encountering these issues, we have not had formal communication or notice from Rand Water to assist us in warning our residents of the shortages,” a resident in Laudium said.

On the statement it is also said that water tankers were deployed to affected areas. In conclusion residents are urged to please conserve water as it is said that the reservoirs are now critically low levels and now they may impact other surrounding areas in the city. #ladi_jaja?

By: Mpho Khena.

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