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Johannesburg Water Begins Pumping After Some Suburbs Run Dry

  • Reservoirs in Brixton, Crown Gardens to be filled today
  • Water shortages are drought-related; no pump failures reported

Johannesburg’s municipality has started refilling two reservoirs in the center of South Africa’s biggest city after they ran dry and left thousands of people with no water.

Johannesburg Water began pumping to a reservoir in Brixton at about 9 a.m. Wednesday and was expected to start replenishing another in Crown Gardens by 10:30 a.m., spokesman Hilgard Matthews said by phone. Depending on usage, it should take three to four hours before Brixton is back to normal levels, he said.