Feb 7, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

Writing about the main

Urgent appeal to western Joburgers to reduce water usage

A major leak in one of the water mains supplying the Eikenhof pumping station has resulted in a huge reduction in water in the Crosby, Brixton and Hurst Hill reservoirs.

Joburg Water has appealed to the Residents of affected suburbs stretching across most western parts of the city to reduce water use until situation is resolved.

Crosby Reservoir supplies Riverlea and Extensions, Wibsy Dip, Longdale and Extensions, Croesus , Industria and Extensions, Industria West, Bosmont and Langlaagte.

Brixton Reservoir and Tower feed Langlaagte North, Mayfair West, Mayfair and Extensions, Pageview and Extensions, Vrededorp, Vredepark, Jan Hofmeyr, Auckland Park and Extensions, Hursthill, Cottesloe, Sunnyside, Braamfontein and SABC.

Hursthill Reservoirs 1 and 2 supply Parktown and Extensions, Melville and Extensions, Parkview, Westcliff, Emmarentia, Greenside and Extensions, Rooseveldt Park, Montgomery Park, Albertville, Albertskroon, Greymont and Extensions, Newlands, Triomf, Westdene, Martindale, Montclare, Westbury and Extensions, Coronationville, Claremont, Paarlshoop and Extensions, Homestead Park, Mayfair, Crown and Extensions, Amalgam, Crown North, Selby and Extensions, Crown City and Extensions, City West, Fordsburg and Burgersdorp.

The leak is on the main line behind the engine room at Vereeniging Wastewater Treatment Works and is one of the lines between the works and the pumping station Eikenhof.

Rand Water needs line repairs, which means the charge to Eikenhof will be reduced by half – 600 megaliters – while the line is cleaned and the damage assessed.

As soon as the repairs needed are known, residents will be notified.


In the meantime, residents of affected areas are asked to use water sparingly. It is possible that high elevation areas will be completely without water.

Joburg Water is monitoring the situation and will update customers on the supply.

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