Car dealerships and partner donate water filters

2016-11-24 06:01
PHOTO: supplied The community is shown how the filter works.

PHOTO: supplied The community is shown how the filter works.

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CAR dealership SMG South Coast, BMW Group Financial Services associates and American Waves for Water ambassadors partnered and delivered 350 water filters valued at R260 000 to Ward 8 and Ward 32 in Dumezulu area last Thursday.

The communities have experienced a water crisis for many years.

Carisca van Vuuren of SMG said the people of Dumezulu are multi-challenged and have to deal with poor infrastructure and corruption and are in desperate need of an upgrade to their water purification system.

“Residents are affected by the drought and don’t have access to clean drinking water. The water is being accessed from untreated community rivers and dams,” she said.

The community relies on water tankers, but residents go several days without a drop of water.

SMG, BMW and partners made it their mission to improve people’s lives by distributing portable water filters to churches, schools, crèches, mobile clinics and other places.

Waves for Water ambassador Taylor­ Paul showed residents how use the water filtering solution and educated them on how the filter provides 10 000 people with clean water, preventing waterborne diseases such as cholera and E. coli.

After the demonstration SMG and BMW staff gave one-on-one training to community members ensuring that they understand how to use and maintain the filters.

“Over the past few months BMW Group Financial Services has globally been on a quest to raise $500 000 in order to provide people in need with clean, drinkable water.

“To date, they have globally raised $321 456, which has funded water filter roll-outs in Mexico, China, Brazil and Thailand ensuring thousands of people are now able to access clean water for the first time,” said Van Vuuren­.

She said South Africa was chosen for the 2016 Care4Water roll-out.

Dealer Principal Darren Staats said they need to do whatever they can to improve the lives of the less fortunate.

He said thanked the team and partners­ for making everything possible.

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