Solution to Umvoti water crisis

2015-06-03 06:00

Sir, MUCH has been said about ways to save water as the Umvoti water crisis worsens each day.

Municipal management sought ideas from various organisations and residents, but the one major player not consulted, and who should have been, are the real soldiers on the battle front - the water-tanker drivers.

We meet the community every day so I think we know best how to save water.

First and foremost the municipality should stop filling water in drums for residents and the same goes for water tankers - they must not fill up drums for residents. Why? Imagine one family brings 25 drums to be filled at one stop. As drivers, we have no control over that because there is no limit or restriction about how many drums each family can fill. For the record, these water tankers load a maximum of 60 drums - that is three jojo tanks (3x5 000 litres). So, for example, if one family brings 20 drums to be filled it means one truck is going to be able to supply water for only three households. Imagine that the truck has travelled about 120km to kwaSenge only to fill three households in a community with more than 100 families. The equation will never balance and the crisis will always be there. Jojo tanks are the only and best solution because water is saved, households get equal water­ rations, without disadvantaging those who cannot afford to buy the drums, time is saved as the tankers move quickly thereby serving as many as possible, insteady of one truck- load to serve three households, one jojo tank can serve 20 households per week. This is possible because we have experienced it in some places which have jojo tanks. For example, you fill up today, Monday and next Monday and when you go to refill there is still water.

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