Johannesburg residents can rest assured that the City’s water is safe for consumptions, according to the newly elected Executive Mayor Thapelo Amad.
In the past few days there has been reports on social media of a resident who noticed blue water coming out of the tap.
Amad said following the reports, Joburg Water launched an investigation to establish the source of this problem, and took a sample on 1 February 2023 at Sontonga Lofts in Braamfontein.
“At the time of taking the samples, the water was clear and not blue. The complainant later confirmed on social media that the blue water was only at their unit, which was caused by an internal plumbing issue.
“The internal issues were resolved by a private plumber. Johannesburg Water is in the process of contacting the customer, as well as the plumber to understand what the issue was that caused the incident,” the Mayor clarified.
He said the City of Johannesburg has been experiencing water supply challenges since the beginning of the year, when Rand Water total reservoir storage level on 8 January 2023 was at 76%.
The reservoir storage level started to significantly decline from 9 January 2023, and the situation was exacerbated by power supply failures that affected the Zuikerbosch purification plant and Eikenhof pump station on 13 January 2023.
The Mayor explained that this significantly affected the Crosby, Brixton and Hurst Hill Reservoir 1 and 2 supply zones, which cover wards 58, 69, 86 and 87 in the City.
Still in the City, Rand Water’s Waterval 2 Reservoir was below 15% and affected water supply in the Commando system. On 29 January 2023, Rand Water experienced another power failure at their Eikenhof pump station from 4:30 am.
“Full power was only restored 22 hours later at 02:00 am on 30 January 2023. This incident then caused the Rand Water Waterval and Meredale Reservoirs that supply the City of Johannesburg’s western and southern areas – Randburg and Roodepoort – to drop to zero storage capacity,” Amad added.
During this period, Johannesburg Water provided residents with water through mobile water tankers and stationary tanks at various strategic areas.