On Thursday 30 September 2021, The City of Tshwane issued a statement to inform residents about water outages due to reservoirs dropping severely over the past weekend. It is said that the summer and spring heat has increased in water consumption that resulted in reservoirs running dry.
The City urges residents to reduce water consumption to avoid water shortages.
Cllr Phillip Nel, MMC of utility services and regional operational and coordination said “Reservoir levels across Tshwane have dropped severely over the past week, with some reservoirs reaching critically low levels. Spring and summer normally come with increased water consumption due to the heat but this challenge has been exacerbated due to bulk supply challenges from the Rand Water board.
“It is important to note that the majority of the water used comes from Rand water and with their supply increasingly erratic, residents of Tshwane may be affected and without water” The City has highlighted that the majority of water supply comes from Rand water and the water supply being unpredictable, residents must expect water interruptions over the weekend.
The reservoirs that have dropped critically are Mooinkloof, Constantia Reservoir and tower, Mamelodi, Ladium, Soshnaguve L and DD, Mabopane, Atteridgeville, Magalies, Mnandi and Grootfointein Reservoir and Tower.
Lebone Matsane, one of the residents said that “We acknowledge and appreciate the update, however I believe that our leaders are not serving their full duties as representatives, we cannot be experiencing water crisis weekly, It is understandable that the heat results in reservoirs running dry, but still leaders must find an alternative way of delivering services to us with other problems coming their way such as storing enough water for us or sending enough water tanks to the communities”.
Phillip Nel’s media statement.