Residents in long queues to get water in the middle of a deadly pandemic

Soshanguve residents gathered at various locations in an effort to get their buckets filled with drinking water. Sosht Times visited Falala Community Hall in Block F on Thursday, where many residents could be seen carrying buckets and containers to fill up.

Thirsty Soshanguve residents queeing for water

The downside of the whole exercise though, is that social distancing was not maintained as more and more people continued to gather throughout the day.

The struggle to get water comes after a system breakdown at Rand water’s Palmeit pump station on Sunday, which resulted in many household taps running dry throughout the City of Tshwane’s municipality. According to Rand Water, the interruption at the pump station meant that the water utility would be able to supply at least 55% of its normal daily water volume capacity.

In an effort to help residents with water supply, the City of Tshwane set up water tanks in different townships including Soshanguve, Mabopane and Ga-Rankuwa where residents were called to fill up their buckets. The water issues started on late Monday for some residents while others continued to get limited supply of water.

Not all residents could be seen lining up with their buckets and containers though, some residents resorted to getting their water supply from unsafe and unclean water streams in and around their areas. In Soshanguve Block F and AA some residents filled their buckets with water from streams that ran through their township, the water however was discoloured by dirt.

The water tanks continue to supply residents with water until the issue has been resolved. Rand water has notified residents that the water issue is expected to be resolved by Thursday.

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