14 October 2020
MEDIA STATEMENT

REMOVAL OF ILLEGAL WATER CONNECTIONS TO THE JW LENASIA WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM

Today, 14 October 2020, Johannesburg Water, SAPS, and JMPD embarked on a joint operation to cut off illegal water connections on the Lenasia water supply mainline, that has hampered the Entity’s ability to provide sustainable service to the community of Lenasia South.

The Lenasia water supply system comprises of a 700 mm diameter mainline connected to the Rand Water pipeline and feeds three reservoirs in Lenasia South, namely; Cosmos reservoir, Hospital Hill reservoir, and High Level reservoir. Lenasia Hospital Hill and Lenasia High Level reservoirs have water demand exceeding water supply mainly due to the illegal water connections by the informal settlement found in this area.

The illegal connections have compromised water supply in this area, and has resulted in the water supply been shut between 21:00 and 4:00 daily, in order to maintain sufficient reservoir capacity. Johannesburg Water is currently constructing a 15ML reservoir that will complement the supply to Lenasia High-Level Reservoir and ease the challenges created by illegal connections. The construction of this new reservoir will be completed during 2021.

The illegal connections cut-offs undertaken today, were performed at Waterworks Informal Settlement. The estimated population in this settlement is 3232 and the estimated consumption is 0.38 ML/Day. Water tankers have been provided to this settlement and are filled using water tankers daily on a continuous basis.

Johannesburg Water teams across the City are continuing with the maintenance of burst pipe repairs, leak repairs, active leak detection, and valve maintenance.  Community members are encouraged to report any leaks through formal platforms to minimise impact and improve turnaround times.

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For media inquiries:
Isaac Dhludhlu
Manager: Communications and Marketing
Tel: 011 688 1577
Email: Isaac.dhludhlu@jwater.co.za