Her daughter, Sphiwe, 32, said they have been kept in the dark on what caused the shortage.
"We have elderly people who live alone in the community, they can't even go anywhere to look for water," Sphiwe said.
A block away, Girlie Mtsweni wondered where she would get water as she could not afford to buy it.
"I'm sad and hurt... We live in filth," Mtsweni said.
She pleaded with the municipality to "at least send us water tankers".
Spokesperson for the Dr JS Moroka municipality Mmasabata Ramatsetse said water problems were beyond their control as the water had dried up in the dam.
"The source of the water challenges being experienced is drought, a natural disaster that has affected the Mkhombo Dam... [which is now] at the lowest level," Ramatsetse said.
She said the municipality had to reduce the abstraction of water from the dam by more than half.
Ramatsetse said they were in talks with the department of water and sanitation to get water sourced from the neighbouring dams.
"We urge our communities to use the little water they have sparingly," she said.
The EFF in the municipality has blamed the municipality for poor planning.
"The administration had known since 2009 that the dam would run dry and have done nothing," convener Jackson Malatjie said.
Malatjie blamed the municipality for failing to maintain the water network system.
Ramatsetse said the system had been "vandalised" and they were investigating but had not established how much it would cost to repair it.