The Department of Health in Gauteng confirmed that the water supply to the Heidelberg Hospital was restored by Saturday after it had experienced problems for almost a week.
Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, the Gauteng MEC for health, visited the hospital on Sunday and apologized to the public.
“We had to redirect services to other facilities to ensure continuous care to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience caused. The situation is now back to normal after the water supply has been restored”.
Last week, the facility had to implement several emergency measures which, among other things, involved the Lesedi local municipality, the South African National Defense Force in Heidelberg and Orange River Tankers supplying water with the help of water tanks to the hospital.
The department said this past weekend that some services (non-emergency services) such as the hospital’s outpatient department at the Sizampilo clinic and certain surgeries were temporarily suspended while attention was given to the water problem. These services have since been restored.
Rhewal used to report that the water shortage was caused by a problem with the municipality and Rand Water. The town has been experiencing water problems for some time and has not had running water for two weeks due to Rand Water’s pumping capacity which cannot supply water to all of Gauteng’s reservoirs.
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