Can you shower during load shedding?

The short answer is yes, you can take a shower even if there is load shedding happening. In most cases,if you are using municipal water, the pumps that are used to pump the water to your house are not linked to the power line that is used to power your house. In most cases, the water treatment plants have backup power sources that allow the pumps to continue operating and ensure that water is delivered to residents’ homes.

You should not take the chance of a hot shower if you are concerned about electrical surges or other unusual occurrences because it is not worth the potential danger. When the power goes out, the first thing you should worry about is keeping yourself safe; this is why it is essential to keep flashlights on hand for just such an emergency.

It is strongly suggested that you check that the wiring in your home is up to code and refrain from tampering with the electrical systems at all costs. During load shedding, here are a few potential scenarios to consider, along with how they might affect your water supply.

Municipal Water connected house

If you are connected to municipal water, also known as city water, then even if the power goes out, you will almost certainly still have water coming through your lines. In addition to pressurized systems that are powered by gravity (water towers), municipal facilities also utilise mechanical pumps. In addition to this, they are typically equipped with backup power sources in case the power from the grid is interrupted. You are therefore not likely to experience any issues with your water supply unless the water lines are damaged in some way, such as by an earthquake.

Borehole water during load shedding

Even though you have a borehole that supplies you with your own water, you probably guessed correctly that you still rely on electricity to move the water up and through the lines. If you do not have a generator that is adequately sized for your needs, then the water system will not function during load shedding. This may be mitigated by installing a JoJo or a pressurized tank. The water is transported by borehole pumps to the JoJo. Your faucets receive their water supply from the JoJo tank. If the power goes out, you will still be able to collect water from the Jojo tank or pressurized tank until it stops holding pressure.

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