Lack of water supply due to routine maintenance carried out over the weekend causes disruption in parts of Johannesburg including Wits, Braamfontein and Parktown

It was a dry day around the Wits area as the water service in Parktown and Braamfontein was cut due to a maintenance fault with the supply only expected to come back Tuesday morning.

Since the early hours of Monday morning, businesses in the Braamfontein area were open but could not operate because of the lack of water.

Meanwhile, students like Tebogo Motivhi, a resident at the Parktown Village residence, told Wits Vuvuzela that she had to miss school because she could not take a shower.

“Imagine if I actually had an important test or exam on the day and was forced to pitch at school all dirty and smelly. It’s very inconvenient,” Motivhi said.

According to the City of Johannesburg, the water supply was shut down during routine maintenance at the Yeoville water reservoir this weekend. As part of Rand Water’s maintenance procedure, the water reservoir was emptied on Sunday morning and was supposed to take 24 hours to replenish.

Hilgard Matthews, the spokesperson for City of Johannesburg, told Wits Vuvuzela “the reservoir was not thoroughly checked before the routine and because of this, the release of water has to be slowly reloaded, due to the high pressure of water.”

“Parktown and Braamfontein fall under highline areas which are expected to only have water tomorrow morning,” said Matthews.