Following the explosion at a Rand Water pump station on Sunday, which has caused water interruptions in some parts of Gauteng. Rand water stated and explained that three medium voltage motors which are used to run the pumps exploded the past Sunday. “The cause of the explosion is still unknown, and a root cause analysis is currently being investigated. Emergency repairs are being carried out,” the statement read.

Rand water anticipated that the full repairs and restoration of the damaged pumping capacity, including a few areas in and around Pretoria namely, some parts of Centurion and Pretoria North, would be done fixing by latest by Sunday. This is after the City of Tshwane Metro has dispatched water tankers to supply residents and the community with water as most parts of the city are affected by the water interruption.

This was done following the statement from Rand water on Monday notifying the city about the infrastructure failure. “The city would only be able to supply 55% of its normal daily water supply, and areas like Ladium, Soshanguve, Mabopane and Pretoria North were the first to run dry’” Rand water explained.

City of Tshwane further cautioned some of its residents in a few regions to discontinue from preventing tankers from drawing water from a fire hydrant in order to take it to the areas that are currently without water.

Residents shared their thoughts and explained with different point of views relating to water interruption. Naledi Tshabalala who fetched water a distant from her home in Soshanguve Block L, explained that this feels like a setback as they are not used to this kind of life. “For me I can see this is beyond the city’s control so we don’t have much of a choice but to wait with patience,” Tshabalala explained. Nomsa Dlamini said this is not what they signed up for, the city has to push Rand Water as they cannot live like this. “This is not a lifestyle; I mean we more like in rural areas. No mina I cannot live like this,” Dlamini said.

By: Mpho Khena.

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