Tshwane’s water supply systems continue to grapple with vulnerabilities, leaving many residents in the capital city without reliable access to water. As the City of Tshwane and Rand Water labor around the clock to stabilize the situation, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Mr. David Mahlobo, has called upon the citizens of Tshwane to exercise caution and restraint in their water usage.
The ongoing water crisis in the city has been exacerbated by high water consumption in low-lying areas, resulting in slow recovery rates in some reservoirs and dire consequences for residents in high-lying regions who find themselves without access to water.
On Sunday, September 10, 2023, Deputy Minister Mahlobo chaired a crucial meeting with key stakeholders, including Rand Water and the City of Tshwane, to assess the progress made in resolving the water supply issues that have plagued the city in recent weeks. This meeting was a follow-up to a previous one held a week earlier, aimed at finding common solutions to the water challenges gripping the city.
The meeting’s technical team, led by Mr. Justice Maluleke, the Provincial Head of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), Mr. Sipho Mosai, the Chief Executive of Rand Water, and Mr. Stephens Notoane, the City of Tshwane’s Group Head for Water and Sanitation, provided an update on the collective action plan formulated to restore water supply and ensure its sustainability in the affected areas.
While significant progress has been reported, it is clear that some parts of the city, particularly high-lying regions, are still struggling with water supply issues as the system gradually recovers.
Deputy Minister Mahlobo commended the City and the water utility for their efforts in managing the crisis and encouraged them to maintain proactive engagement, cooperation, collaboration, coordination, and communication for the benefit of the citizens.
Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the Deputy Minister has given the collective two weeks to devise a medium to long-term plan to address the challenges posed by peak water demand periods. These challenges are exacerbated by high temperatures, interruptions in storage capacity recovery due to load shedding, non-revenue water, and the allocation of additional water from Rand Water. The plan should also outline strategies to tackle the issue of water leaks contributing to distribution system losses.
The City of Tshwane has acknowledged its role in the high water consumption and has committed to developing a water conservation strategy to reduce usage.
Both Rand Water and the City of Tshwane have reiterated their unwavering commitment to working together to provide a consistent supply of high-quality drinking water to the residents of Tshwane.
Table: Key Stakeholders at the Meeting
|Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS)
|Mr. Justice Maluleke (Provincial Head)
|Mr. Sipho Mosai (Chief Executive)
|City of Tshwane
|Mr. Stephens Notoane (Group Head for Water and Sanitation)
As the Tshwane water supply systems remain fragile, the collaboration and commitment of these stakeholders are crucial to resolving the ongoing water crisis and ensuring a sustainable water supply for the residents of the capital city. Deputy Minister Mahlobo’s call for water conservation serves as a reminder that collective efforts are needed to overcome this challenge and ensure that all citizens have access to this vital resource.