- Load-shedding has reportedly led to water shortages in Johannesburg
- This is because many water pumps run on electricity
- There are now concerns that other cities may also be affected
Load-shedding in Gauteng is reportedly having a negative impact on the region's water supply.
This is because many of Johannesburg's water pumps are electricity-powered and they are disrupted by the power outages.
As a result, several residents have reported their water supply being cut off.
Johannesburg Water has since encouraged citizens to check their load-shedding schedules so they know when to expect possible water shortages. They also explained that they do not have enough water tankers to bring water to affected areas, according to The South African.
The one-two punch of load-shedding and water shortages at the same time has gotten many South Africans worried, unsurprisingly. Some have expressed concern that power outages may lead to water problems in other cities as well.
For example, Cape Town is already dealing with long-standing water issues of its own, with its water supply slowly dwindling once more. Decent rains have held day zero at bay, but another dry winter could potentially spell disaster for the Mother City.
Similarly, the water-treatment plants in some cities may be impacted by the power outages. In these cases, taps may still run but the water that comes out of them may not have been adequately treated.
All in all, this suggests that South Africa's Eskom woes are here to stay for the time being - and are likely to add more pressure onto an already-unstable water situation.
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