Water restrictions affect reservoir levels in Vanderbijlpark

24 October 2016 – Communities of Vanderbijlpark including Bophelong, Tshepiso and Tshirela are currently hit by water disruptions due to the ongoing water restrictions which have resulted in the water reservoir levels dropping to alarming lows. 

Water supplies in other parts of Emfuleni will remain normal as the municipality pushes to restore positive reservoir levels.

Metsi-a-Lekoa Acting Chief Director, Mr. Ernie Strydom indicated that reservoir levels have begun to improve, at 11H15 they were at 24% from the comparative 3% in the earlier hours of this morning.

Vanderbijlpark CBD and the CW areas are the most affected by the water shortages because they are high laying areas, supplied through the elevated reservoirs which are more challenging to fill-up.

In an effort to resume normal water supply to the affected areas, all the bulk water supply inflow into the reservoirs (normal and raised) is diverted to the elevated reservoirs to lessen the refill time. However, overall levels are still far below those required to meet daily demands.

“Since the water restrictions were imposed 11 weeks ago, we are monitoring the water supply situation on daily basis, and we shall be advising the affected communities accordingly as the situations improves,” Strydom added.

Emfuleni Local Municipality re-iterates its appeal to residents to use water sparingly. We further thank the residents affected by the restrictions for their patience in this regard.

By: Chuchi Radebe

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