Mpho Poo, from Northcliff, also said she felt stressed, out of options and defeated. She has also been without water for three days.

“We last had water on Sunday evening, though the pressure was not that great,” she said.

What followed then, she told TimesLIVE, was countless calls to Joburg Water. But these were fruitless, with no commitment on when water would be restored.

Ward 89 councillor Amelia Bester said some residents in Fairland and Northcliff had been without water for as much as five days.

“Morale is very low at this stage. We have Covid-positive residents stuck at home with very few options available to them,” Bester explained.

Seeing that the problem was persistent, the councillor said she had asked Joburg Water for water tankers to be placed at old age homes and in general areas where communities would be able to get it. Bester said tankers arrived only late Tuesday night and had run dry quickly.

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