October 10 2014 at 07:11pm
Johannesburg – A co-ordinated and multi-faceted approach to water management, infrastructure improvement and secured power supply is needed to solve Gauteng’s water supply problems, the Gauteng department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) said on Friday.
Spokesman Motsamai Motlhaolwa said the problems were discussed at a water stakeholder meeting in Johannesburg by the department of water affairs, Gauteng Cogta, Gauteng municipalities and Rand Water.
“Going forward, the meeting agreed that improved planning and increased co-ordination amongst the different stakeholders is important and that water conservation, management and efficient use must top the provincial agenda,” he said in a statement.
Last month, many parts of Gauteng had no water or an interrupted water supply for up to three weeks.
Cogta MEC Jacob Mamabolo said: “As we speak right now, water supply has been restored across all areas in Gauteng and we are keeping a close eye on the situation.”
The problems included illegal irrigation, water losses, water leakages, ageing infrastructure and the inability to efficiently treat and use effluent.
These were compounded by intermittent power cuts caused by cable theft.
Mamabolo urged people to use water sparingly.
Rand Water said it would plan better to meet growing demand.
The only positive thing that resulted from the terrible water outages accross Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria of late is the fact that it made people aware of how precious water is. It is also forcing people to consider alternatives e.g. recycling of grey water for irrigation or harvesting rain water for irrigation or household use. There are plenty ways of saving water and re-using water without having to change your lifestyle or stop gardening.