South Africans warned to brace for massive 6-month shutdown of critical water supply

April 9, 2024

By  Faizel Patel, The Citizen

April 8, 2024

The Department of Water and Sanitation has warned South Africans, especially those in the economic hub of Johannesburg in Gauteng and fertile agricultural lands of the Free State, of a looming water shutdown that could last at least six months.

It is understood that critical maintenance work on the 37-kilometre Lesotho Highlands Water Project tunnel is due to begin in October 2024 and is expected to end on 31 March 2025.

South Africa’s water resources are already under immense pressure in terms of poor water governance, reactive management and dilapidated infrastructure.

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