Saving water while fighting crime

2017-02-28 06:00
This 210F drum is a water-saving initiative while helping a local neighbourhood watch fight crime at the same time.

This 210F drum is a water-saving initiative while helping a local neighbourhood watch fight crime at the same time.

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Their efforts to save water will go a long way to ridding their area of crime.

The Westgate Neighbourhood Watch recently launched a fundraising initiative, killing two birds with one stone.

The watch members are selling water tanks to hold and facilitate the recycling of grey water in and around the house.

The proceeds made from selling the tanks will go toward their CCTV camera fund, started as a result of how quiet the area is during the day.

Sixteen house break-ins happened in less than a month and it became apparent that an extra set of eyes was needed to safeguard the area during the day.

Ridwaan Nero, project coordinator of the watch, says the water tank project started about a month ago. “When the water crisis first became apparent, one of our executive members came up with this brilliant idea. We tested it out for about a week and saw that it really worked. Water that comes from the washing machine goes into the tank and what we have been able to do is completely switch off the tap to the toilet by using the grey water to fill our cistern.”

He says people do not realise how much water is wasted through simple acts.

“I put my washing machine pipes into the tank and I was amazed to see how much water it used,” says Nero.

The recycled water can be used to water grass, flush toilets and wash cars, among other things.

The tanks cost R500 each and include the taps and pipes fitted to the 210F drum.

“We have seen the same thing sell for R750 without taps and pipes,” Nero says.

They started with five tanks. With the help of social media, they have sold 35 tanks, raising close to R15 000.

Nero says two other watches from neighbouring areas have also wanted to buy into the idea and will be selling the tanks in their areas with their names on them.

“We are saving water and getting closer to our goal for the CCTV cameras, but we need support,” says Nero.

For more information call Chris van der Heuvel on 083 270 4209 or Charl Bester on 071 884 5938.

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