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Water shortages in Mogale City and Johannesburg causing health problems

The FF Plus is being inundated with calls from, especially senior, citizens who have started experiencing health problems, particularly gastrointestinal disorders, as a result of the water shortages affecting parts of Johannesburg and the Mogale City Local Municipality over the past week.

Damage to City Power’s power system has rendered Rand Water’s Eikenhof Pump Station non-operational.

Many elderly people who have to fend for themselves do not have transport to the nearest water truck and those who are able to get there can only carry a small container of water.

Since the water problems started, FF Plus councillors have been providing residents with water from their boreholes and are also delivering water to those who are unable to reach water trucks.

The FF Plus will visit the Eikenhof Pump Station tomorrow to assess the situation.

Communication from Rand Water and the municipalities is poor, and consumers are threatening not to pay their utility bills until the problem has been resolved.

The areas in Mogale City that are still without water include Monument, Kenmare, Noordheuwel and Munsieville. In Johannesburg, the reservoirs of Linden, Kensington and Blairgowrie are empty.

The FF Plus used WhatsApp groups to implore residents with boreholes to make water available to fellow residents and not to use municipal water to water their gardens.

Reservoirs, particularly those in high-lying areas, are hard to fill up, especially while residents are also filling up their own tanks in an effort to store water.

The FF Plus has asked the Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Mzikayifani Khumalo, to step in and ensure that there are enough water trucks available to meet consumers’ needs.

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