Saving water matters

2015-11-30 09:44
Municipalities have warned against water wastage as the extreme drought conditions in KZN continue.

Municipalities have warned against water wastage as the extreme drought conditions in KZN continue. (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg - In a bid to keep Msunduzi safe from water shortages, the municipality has embarked on a vigorous awareness campaign that will cost more than R250 000.

Msunduzi Municipality’s Madeleine Jackson said the city will start with outdoor posters, taxi branding, radio adverts and television screens at taxi ranks to get the message across to city residents.

Saving water during the drought is a message that needs to get to the public before the city is crippled by water shortages, Jackson said.

Acting spokesperson for Msunduzi Municipality Nqobile Madonda presented the city’s plan at last week’s executive committee meeting.

Madonda said the city had budgeted R280 000 for the awareness campaign and posters had already been sent for printing.

Two mobile trailers with banners would also be hired for two months costing around R14 600.

Branding on taxis on the city route would cost around R1 500 per taxi and would be advertised on one taxi from each of the 30 taxi associations in the city. Madonda added that messages to residents would also be printed on their monthly utility bills.

The posters, of which 100 would be printed, would cost the city R310 each and will be placed at the entrances of all suburbs and townships.

The messages that will be printed on these posters are:

“I am responsible and we all have a role to play to conserve water”

“South Africa has water shortages, make every drop count”

“Report all water leaks and burst pipes to the call centre on 080 000 1868 or to”

Madonda said that messages have already been broadcast on uMgungundlovu community radio stations and posters have been put up on municipal notice boards and in elevators in municipal buildings.

DA’s Bill Lambert said that there was nothing more important than saving water and the recent rain “barely touched the tip of the iceberg”.

Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela said that he did not wish to see Pietermaritzburg without water.

“We must avoid situations developing like drought-stricken areas such as Umkhanyakude. We must also respond swiftly to every water leak reported. We cannot be taking ages to respond to water leaks at this time,” added Ndlela.


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