132 WARD 120 WATER SUPPLY CHALLENGES UPDATE

18 September 2020 
WARD 120 WATER SUPPLY CHALLENGES UPDATE
Johannesburg Water and City of Johannesburg officials held a meeting with Community leaders of Ward 120 at Region G offices with the sole aim of providing an update on water challenges being experienced in the area due to high demand. The meeting also provided progress on the construction of the new reservoir that will supplement the current one to find a lasting solution to the water challenges.

The Entity has committed to improving channels of communication, updates about water challenges and mitigation factors thereof, thus include notifications to residents before shutting down of reservoir due to high water demand, erratic electricity supply or any related water challenges.

The shutting down of Lenasia Hospital Hill reservoir between 21h00 and 4h00am will remain in place until construction of the new reservoir is completed, handed over and operational. A contractor has been appointed for the construction of 15 megalitres (Ml) reservoir in Lenasia that will relieve pressure on the Lenasia Hospital Hill reservoir and thereby boosting the water supply.

The project team is finalising the identification and appointment of Small Medium Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), and the construction project will commence thereafter.  The reservoir is expected to be completed by the end of September 2021 if no delays are experienced during the project implementation stage.

Furthermore, two more contractors have been appointed for the construction of the pipeline and are expected to commence with work in September and October 2020 respectively with completion dates being April 2021 if no delays are experienced during the project implementation stage.

 Johannesburg Water will continue with the maintenance of burst pipe repairs, leak repairs, active leak detection and valve maintenance, and community members are encouraged to report any leaks through formal platforms to minimize impact and improve turnaround times.

The City is working to stop the escalation of land invasion in the Region as it poses a bigger threat to water and sanitation system even after construction projects are completed, the land invasion at Univerle (Phumla Mqashi) and Waterworks alone contribute to over 1.3 megalitres per day of unaccounted for water, which add the strain to already struggling reservoirs.

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Isaac Dhludhlu
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Email: Isaac.dhludhlu@jwater.co.za