Bay's Executive Mayor, Cllr Athol Trollip, has called upon learners to become
ambassadors and messengers for the water saving and conservation programme that
the Municipality is currently implementing. The Executive Mayor was speaking at
the Water Week Awareness Day held in
Town Hall today, March 16, 2017.
decided to include schools as one of the key focus areas in its Water Week
Programme, specifically to raise awareness among learners and call for joint
action, based on the high volume of water losses recorded at schools. These
losses are attributed to water leaks through pipes, lack of knowledge about
water saving measures, and poor sanitation infrastructure.
The City is currently
subject to water restrictions, with supply dams at a total volume of less than
50 percent. The lowest dam - Churchill - has dwindled to less than 30
representatives from twenty schools from across Uitenhage, Despatch
and surrounding areas attended the awareness event.
important to understand where water is coming from. It does not come from taps
or rivers: it comes from the rain and follows a long and expensive process
before it runs from our taps. We need you to be our messengers at your schools
and at your homes. You have to spread the message that our City is
faced with a serious water crisis."
"Our efforts of saving water could start
with simple things, like being water wise when washing your hands and cars,
brushing your teeth and flushing a toilet. Please take the message back to your
schools and homes that, when brushing your teeth, you cannot leave the tap
running. Assist us in spreading a message that we must take short showers, use a
bucket when washing cars, and make sure that you report a water leak immediately
to 0800 20 50 50," said the Executive Mayor.
local schools have been notified that they are among the highest users of water
within the Metro, with the biggest consumer among them using a staggering 367
liters per learner per day and a total of more than 5000 kiloliters per month!
Executive Mayor said learners had the power to influence the attitude and
behaviours of their peers and family members. "If our water saving message is captured correctly by the learners
present, that will have a huge contribution towards our efforts to save water,”he added.
School learner, Masibulele Diko (12), said that the
information she received at the event was an eye-opener. "I take from this event
a lot of valuable information that will not only contribute positively to my
school, it will also help us to save a lot of water at home and in the process
save money. I now understand the severity of the situation and the fact that
water has no substitute,”said Diko.
of Water Week, the Municipality, through its Infrastructure and Engineering
Directorate, will visit schools and run competitions in which schools stand to
win water-saving tools like water retention tanks.
by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office.