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City of Joburg Introduces Plan to Address Water Challenges

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Jo’burg Introduces Plan to Quench its Thirst: Addressing Water Woes

Johannesburg, South Africa – In a bold move to alleviate ongoing water crises, Johannesburg authorities disclosed a sweeping intervention strategy this week, targeting the city’s persistent water supply issues.

Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu, convened with deputies David Mahlobo and Judith Tshabalala, together with Johannesburg City officials, including Executive Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda, who unpacked the city’s plans to remedy the prevalent water challenges and propel long-term water provision sustainability.

“Our residents have suffered long enough with these supply interruptions and it’s time we implement a robust plan,” articulated Gwamanda to stakeholders, reinforcing the city’s commitment to projects aimed to revamp and expand water infrastructure.

The meeting, which succeeded an initial gathering on 5 March 2024, evaluated an action plan, outlined by the metro, to combat the complications underscored in an extensive report by the department.

Johannesburg has been grappling with regular water interruptions, occasioned by aging infrastructure and non-revenue water culprits. The comprehensive blueprint unveiled by officials highlighted immediate to long-range measures, from infrastructural overhauls of storage and pumping facilities to meticulous water conservation.

Gwamanda indicated that many projects are underway, albeit some pending financial injection. “We are looking at diverse options to mitigate supply interruptions,” he reported, drawing attention to a sizeable R100 million earmarked for City Power to strengthen power support to crucial water supply frameworks.

Minister Mchunu threw his weight behind the city’s endeavors, propelling Joburg Water, the city’s water entity, to prioritize addressing infrastructure deficits and recurrent water disruption grievances.

“It is clear that the city requires serious interventions and funding to deal with its water infrastructure renewal programme, and the department will work with Joburg Water in packaging some of their key infrastructure projects that require blended finance, including from the private sector,” Mchunu urged.

The minister called for the metropolitan to hasten its response to pipe burst and leak incidents, citing these as significant contributors to physical water losses.

He further encouraged the adoption of a comprehensive public awareness campaign, pivotal in educating residents on water conservation and the intricacies of water use efficacy, in alignment with the Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Strategy.

With a non-revenue water percentage perched at 46.1% and consumption rate breaching 280 litres per capita per day, the interventions proposed are just the first steps in bridging the existing consumption chasm.


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