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Hundreds of metres of illegally connected water pipes have been cut-off between Lenasia South and the Waterworks informal settlement near Protea Glen, following a multifaceted operation led by Joburg Water and law enforcement officers from SAPS and the JMPD.

Joburg Water – a municipal-owned entity – says illegal connections to its water supply mainline have been hampering its ability to provide sustainable services in Lenasia South.

Spokesperson for the entity, Isaac Dhludhlu says the City has supplied water tanks to Waterworks since disconnections were carried out on Wednesday, 14 October. These will be refilled with water daily.
 
The Waterworks informal settlement has an estimated population of 3 232 and a projected consumption rate of about 0.38 millilitres of water per day.

Joburg Water reports that the Lenasia water supply system comprises of a 700 mm diameter main line, which is connected to the Rand Water pipeline. This feeds three reservoirs in Lenasia South, including the Cosmos reservoir, Hospital Hill reservoir and High-Level reservoir.

Dhludhlu says water demand from the Hospital Hill and High-Level reservoirs exceeds supply because of illegal water connections by informal settlements in the area.

“Illegal connections have compromised water supply in this area and has resulted in the water supply been shut down between 9am and 4pm daily to maintain sufficient reservoir capacity,” he says.
 
Dhludhlu adds that the entity is currently building a 15 millilitre reservoir that will complement water supply to the Lenasia High-Level reservoir and ease challenges created by illegal connections.

“The construction of this new reservoir will be completed during 2021,” he says.
 
In addition, Dhludhlu says Joburg Water technicians across the City are continuing with the maintenance of water valves and burst water pipes, repairing leaks.

“Community members are encouraged to report any leaks through formal platforms to minimise the impact of water loss and improve turnaround times,” he says.