After days of intermittent water supply to the city’s western and northern areas, residents were met with some relief on Monday morning, but only momentarily.
The city has been struggling with water supply since last week as a result of power supply outages at Nooitgedacht and subsequent issues in pumping water to certain reservoirs around the city.
On Monday morning, just minutes after the municipality communications office issued a notice to inform residents that the water supply system from Nooitgedacht had recovered resulting in the reticulated system being filled, another notice was sent saying water supply had been stopped.
“The water and sanitation department have just been informed of another electricity outage at Nooitgedacht, and all water treatment had to be stopped.
“The earliest it will be able to resume will be between 1-2pm,” the statement read.
The initial statement said Chelsea reservoir was at 13% on Monday, but with the morning demand it dropped to 9%, indicating that the system remained stressed.
It said the situation and intermittent water supply would continue for the next few days as the system recovered.
The rate of recovery is dependent on residents’ daily water usage.