Gauteng residents are being dealt a double blow this week as they are left without electricity and in some instances without water.
In Gauteng, municipal water entities are solely dependent on electricity to pump water to reservoirs. The rolling blackouts are impacting the ability of municipal water entities to fill reservoirs and water towers in their areas.
Gauteng residents may only have a trickle or no supply of water.
No water in pipes will also affect sewage lines that rely on a constant flow of water to push waste material in the system downline.
The continued interruption of electricity to pump stations means that the stations cannot continue to pump sewage which will overflow into rivers and water courses.
It is unacceptable that Gauteng residents are continuously being put in this position because the current government is incapable of providing proper consistent basic services in the province and the country.
The DA-led municipalities in Gauteng will continue to engage with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to provide an alternative supply of electricity so that our residents are afforded some protection from the continued ineptitude of Eskom.