The City of Tshwane will continue to provide water to the residents of Hammanskraal and surrounding areas through water tankers. This follows a temporary shut-down of the Temba Water Treatment Plant (TWTP) by the City’s Utility Services Department last week.
Acting Divisional Head of Strategic Communication, Mr Lindela Mashigo, said this was as a result of raw water quality challenges from the Leeukraal Dam.
“These challenges came as a result of a power failure at Pyramid substation due to a lightning strike on Friday, October 18 2019 which caused the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works to discharge partially treated effluent into the Apies River which feeds the Leeukraal Dam.
“In order to ensure water provision to the residents, the City has made an arrangement with Magalies Water to increase the pumping capacity into Babelegi reservoir. In addition, roaming tankers were dispatched to supply residents with water until the situation normalizes,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hammanskraal residents are warned to be on the look-out for unscrupulous people driving around in water tankers selling water in the area.
“The City would like to put on record that we are not charging anyone for water that we are providing through the water tankers, no consumer is supposed to pay any amount of money to anyone who is contracted to the City to provide water in the area.
“Customers are advised to contact the local offices of Metro Police, nearest Police Station or the City’s regional offices should they be approached or spot a driver of a water tanker selling water,” said Mr Mashigo.