Campaign flushes water wastage

2016-04-27 06:00
 HOLDING the blocks distributed by the Drop-The-Block Campaign, which is aimed at saving water through use in toilet cisterns, are from the left Tlotlo Andy (campaign official), Violet Thusi (a pensioner beneficiary) and Mohutsiwa Kleinjan (campaign official).  Photo: Supplied

HOLDING the blocks distributed by the Drop-The-Block Campaign, which is aimed at saving water through use in toilet cisterns, are from the left Tlotlo Andy (campaign official), Violet Thusi (a pensioner beneficiary) and Mohutsiwa Kleinjan (campaign official). Photo: Supplied

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IN South Africa, the average water usage per household per day is way above the international average, at a staggering 253 F compared to 173 F.

This fact was revealed by the Northern Cape Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) when it rolled out its Drop-The-Block stet Campaign last week.

This campaign is aimed at saving water.

The Drop-The-Block team, consisting of officials of the DWS and trainees of the War on Leaks programme, kick-started the campaign last week by visiting households in Ipopeng and Vergenoeg.

The campaign promotes an eco-friendly innovation of placing a block in a toilet cistern (tank) to displace the liquid and thereby save water by reducing the amount needed to fill it up again. It is designed to reduce potable water consumption by one litre per flush.

Once the block is inserted, it requires no maintenance and continues to allow the toilet to perform its primary function of waste disposal.

According to the DWS, toilet flushing constitutes up to 31% of the overall household consumption on average, making it one of the highest consumers in the house.

Residents are requested to co-operate with the War on Leaks and Drop-The-Block officials, as the water-saving exercise will be rolled out to all five district municipalities in the Northern Cape.

“They are identifiable by white Water and Sanitation printed T-shirts and they are carrying name tags,” said Amogelang Moholoeng of the DWS.

The objective is to distribute 300 000 blocks across the province this year, which will effectively save 300 000 F of water per household.

The water use efficiency directorate in the DWS has identified a number of municipalities throughout the country to benefit from the Drop-The-Block Campaign.

In the Northern Cape, these include Sol Plaatje, Dikgatlong, Joe Morolong, Nama Khoi and Emthanjeni.

“The municipalities are selected on the basis of households with cisterns bigger than 9 F, communities with extreme cases of drought, municipalities with high water losses, households with high per capita water consumption and indigent communities who cannot afford to pay for water services.”

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