There are a number of smallholdings in Farmall (Behind Kya Sands and across the river from Cedar Lakes) that have power supplied by City Power Johannesburg, while the majority of other smallholdings are supplied directly by Escom. I am unfortunately supplied by City Power.
The problem that we face is that every time it rains, even if it is for a minute or two, all the properties powered by City Power experience a power failure,and we are now at the start of the rainy season. This problem has persisted now for almost two years.
When we query the reason for the failures we are glibly advised that the loss of power is weather related.
When pressure is applied to the authorities that are responsible for the problem, we are advised that it is as a result of old infrastructure which needs to be replaced, but unfortunately there is no budget at the present time for the upgrade.
It started to rain 30 minutes ago and our power has failed. We are again running under generator power which does not come cheap. Previous outages have lasted as long as 14 Hours, but on average last for 5 to 6 hours.
Anyone have any ideas as to how to handle this situation?
All input is appreciated.