Community ground-water system success

PHOTO: supplied The groundwater which the community accesses when there is a water interruption.
PHOTO: supplied The groundwater which the community accesses when there is a water interruption.

COMMUNITY members from Ward 22 in Murchison turned on their own water recently with the help of Vukuzenzele­ Youth Development and Sisonke Environmental Youth Organisation.

The people of Nkanyezini were tired of having no water whenever there was an interruption, so they decided to build a system to get water from the ground.

The original system was linked to a tank that would collect and store the water, however, the system was changed to fit a tap instead.

“This water conservation project initially used a tank, but it was no longer working so we changed the system,” said Thuli Cebisa of Vukuzenzele.

“The community has a challenge with municipal water so we needed a back-up source and this water has been there for years,” she said.

Vukuzenzele donated the equipment and Nkosi Nxumalo, a plumber, from Sisonke, did the plumbing.

Cebisa said the project was successfully operational and a follow-up meeting will be held next Friday to discuss the next project in the area.

“About 200 homes obtain water from here when municipal water is unavailable,” said Cebisa.

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