Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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19 Oct 2019
6:10 am

Power outages may cut Joburg water supply

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

According to environment and infrastructure MMC Nico de Jager, some areas may be affected in terms of water supply, but not necessarily sewerage.

Northcliff Water Tower. Picture: iStock

Power cuts during the latest bout of load shedding could affect municipal and government services for Johannesburg residents. Yesterday, Johannesburg Water warned residents to expect water shortages and reduced water pressure in some areas. The municipality makes use of electricity to pump water from reservoirs into water towers. According to environment and infrastructure MMC Nico de Jager, some areas may be affected in terms of water supply, but not necessarily sewerage. Reports from Durban suggested there were concerns that, should load shedding progress to stage 4, sewage may overflow, leading to spillages. For Johannesburg, De Jager said, this was not...