Mogale City residents, specifically those in Kenmare and Dan Pienaarville, are having to bear the brunt of the Eikenhof Substation fire which occurred on Monday, 27 August. The resultant water outages have severely impacted on the provision of water to Mogale residents.
As a result of the power outage at Eikenhof, Rand Water could not pump water to its own reservoirs, and therefore also not to municipal reservoirs. Rand Water started to pump limited water to the western areas including Mogale City on 29 August, but unfortunately, due to the high demand, only a limited water supply is being received at Mogale’s bulk connection points.
As of this morning, 31 August, the following reservoirs are under pressure:
• Kenmare sump – 0%
• Kenmare tower – 0%
• Kemare reservoir – 25%
• Dan Pienaarville reservoir and tower – 0%
Communities that have water are urged to restrict consumption to household use only.
Some areas have been without water since the beginning of the week.
A statement released by the local DA states that according to Mogale City officials, Rand Water is claiming that the problem is sorted out, and the municipalities are now responsible for the problematic water supply. Rand Water officials have also refused to meet Mogale City maintenance teams on site to evaluate the water supplies.
“Mogale is currently in the highest water consumption period of the year, and this problem could last for days if not immediately attended to. The DA in Mogale City has urged the relevant departments to engage with Rand Water as a matter of urgency to restore water to residents.”
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