Major water shutdown planned for Joburg – here are the affected areas

Rand Water has warned customers in Johannesburg and surrounding areas of a water shutdown from Monday (15 November) to Wednesday (17 November).

The water utility said in a statement published this week that it forms part of a scheduled shutdown of its B11 and B19 pipelines.

The shutdown forms part of Rand Water’s B19 Pipeline Augmentation Project and is the final leg of this programme that will increase the volumes of the B19 pipeline and therefore ensure sustainable supply of water to the consumers, it said.

“Rand Water has provided the affected municipal customers with a 21-days notification of the scheduled shutdown to allow them to execute their appropriate contingency plans. Therefore, municipalities should communicate to their affected customers.”

In a separate statement, Johannesburg Water said that it expects the outage to last at least 54 hours, impacting a number of suburbs in and around the city.

“This will, unfortunately, impact on water supply from the Rand Water Eikenhof pump station to the South of Johannesburg CBD, Northern and Western areas as supply will be reduced by 25%. Water supply from the Rand Water Swartkoppies system to the central CBD will also be reduced by 50%.

“Water supply reduction will result in poor to no water supply during peak water demand periods in most high lying and high demand areas. Stationary and roaming water tankers will be made available where feasible to reduce the impact to consumers.”


The list of affected areas includes:

Roodepoort/Randburg area

  • Bergbron
  • Bromhof
  • Claremont
  • Constantia Kloof
  • Florida
  • Helderkruin
  • Honeydew
  • Kya Sands
  • Lanseria
  • Northriding
  • Northwold
  • Olivedale
  • Randparkridge
  • Ruimsing
  • Wilgeheuwel

Langlaagte/Southdale area

  • Brixton
  • Eagles Nest
  • Eikenhof
  • Emmarentia
  • Greenside
  • Mayfair
  • Melville
  • Mondeor
  • Newlands
  • Northcliff
  • Riverlea
  • Southgate
  • Vrededorp
  • Westcliff
  • Westdene

Soweto areas

  • Eldorado Park
  • Diepkloof
  • Dobsonville
  • Meadowlands
  • Orlando East and West
  • Protea North and South

Johannesburg CBD

  • Berea
  • Bruma
  • Cyrildene
  • Norwood
  • Parktown
  • Troyeville
  • Yeoville

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Major water shutdown planned for Joburg – here are the affected areas