| Nov 6, 2023
Drip drip drip
Burst pipe in Johannesburg
The water crisis in Johannesburg, where the Hearts of Hope children's home is based is getting worse each year.
According to the Daily Maverick, in an article written on 19th October 2023: Two thirds of the city was hit by water cuts last month.
As of 13 October 2023, at least 18 reservoirs were at critical levels, while 40 reservoirs were being “throttled” between 9pm and 4am to restore water levels. This leaves many areas short of water at night.
Johannesburg Water chief Derrick Kgwale said the city’s water supply had been in crisis since late August, either from load shedding or storm impacts on the Rand Water system.
According to the city, there are roughly 4,190 pipe bursts every month, averaging about 140 a day.
“The system’s definitely in crisis and every day there seems to be a new crisis,” said Dr Ferrial Adam of Outa’s Water Community Action Network.
As a children's home, we cannot rely on the municipal water system and therefore have to ensure that we have back-up supply.
This project is really important to us as we ensure we provide the children with a clean and hygienic space to live in.