Water-shortage solutions offered

2016-07-06 06:00

MR Lungani Masondo, Greytown Lodge maintenance manager, who has many years’ experience in technical and practical skills has submitted the following suggestions to the Greytown Gazette as possible solutions to the area’s drastic water problem, which will be around for a long time.

Rain water harvesting is carried out in many places throughout South Africa where buildings with good drainage infrastructure are the main contributors in collecting water from roofs.
“In order to lessen the demand and supply of water from dams, especially in the rainy summer season, and to preserve the supply for the dry winter months, it is essential to encourage people, particularly in rural areas, to build underground drains and mini-dams.’’

This would require communities being educated on these methods to ensure the correct implementation of these solutions. At the same time such projects will create jobs for the youth who will also benefit from skills transfer.

In addition Mr Masondo suggests that to lessen wastage due to taps being left on – the old-fashioned tap, with a spring that has to be pressed to turn on, should be installed.
Regarding water tanks with attached pumps – to save breakdown problems and damage, which could be caused by the tank running dry, but the pump continues to run, he proposes that sensors and timing devices be fitted­ to the tank with a gauge to detect the level of the water to send a signal to the pump to start or stop automatically.

To discuss in more detail with Mr Masondo­, contact him on 079 343 6700.

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